Aussietank stores water for dry spells, collapses for storage


July 10, 2014

The Aussietank should take no more than 20 minutes to unpack and assemble

The Aussietank should take no more than 20 minutes to unpack and assemble

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Learning from Australia’s arid climate and recent struggles with drought, the Aussietank was developed to aid households in times of dry periods and water restrictions. The collapsible and portable water tank comes flat-packed in three different sizes and has recently become available to the USA market. It could help households hit by the North American drought to harvest water without the expense of permanent water tank installation.

"The main inspiration behind the Aussietank was to create a DIY water tank that can be easily transported and if needed emptied and relocated with ease," managing director of Aussietank, Alastair Pryor tells Gizmag. "We wanted to create a cost effective way for water harvesting so that any household could afford our products."

The Aussietank is made from a flexible marine grade PVC shell that connects to a tubular zinc-plated steel frame and features a protective cover. No tools are needed to construct the tank and each kit comes with a DIY instruction booklet. The Aussietank can collapse back down and be stored away during the winter season or for when it is next required.

"Our tanks are potable meaning that you can store drinking water in them, which could be great for camping or aid relief," says Pryor. "We have also designed the tank to be suitable in various weather conditions. We have tested it in snow, wind and rain and it has always passed with flying colors."

The Aussietank is available in 118, 264 or 538 gallon (446, 1,000, 2,000 liter) size options and self-assembly should take less than 20 minutes. They come complete with built-in connections and tank fittings compatible to fit a standard garden hose. The 246 gallon/1,000 liter tank option comes packaged in a box measuring 13 x 10 x 55 in (35 x 26 x 141 cm) with a gross weight of 53 lb (24kgs).

The Aussietank could be a good solution to collect rain water for maintaining the garden, washing the car or filling up the pool. The tanks are available for purchase online, with prices starting from approximately US$250. Five percent of all profits will be donated to an American-based charity that supplies clean drinking water to third world countries.

Source: Aussietank

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I have a metal tank for collecting rainwater but the outlet tap becomes blocked by detritus from the roof.

Anyone using a rainwater tank needs to make sure the outlet is several inches above the bottom of the tank in order to avoid this problem.


Have you tried putting a decent sort of screen to catch the rubbish BEFORE it gets to the intake? Even some rolled-up flyscreen in a piece of large diameter plastic sewer pipe will catch 90% at least and can be easily backwashed (like a pool filter [hey! that might work as well - suck the tank water up from the tank bottom through it and back into the intake] to keep your tank cleaner in the long run

The Skud

My wife has a Rain Harvesting and Grey water system company and she frequently suggests to the people to use a pool filter unit (you know the plastic sieve-like thing) INSIDE a stocking....yep you read right!!!!...amazing what a pair of ladies stockings can do!!!!....As SKUD mentioned, you gotta do this BEFORE the water enters the holding tank. Its a cheap, effective method that works brilliantly. In fact, we even use it in our home as well - been working like so for some 5-years already. The only downside is that you need to clean it and the frequency is proportionate to the volume of dirt being trapped in the unit. Normally, we clean/replace if necessary the stocking just after the first rains, then towards a third of the season and if necessary, maybe at 75% of the rainy season - but this would depend largely on the volume of leaves, etc moving through the gutters to the tank. You could even use a mess to cover your gutters to reduce the debri inflow but that still opens you up for clogging etc. and I have yet to see a system that can entirely eliminate such. That said, the stocking (pantihose ) just works fine...every year!!!...Check out this website: it might help:


I thought rain-barrels and grey water collectors were "illegal"?


Be careful using this in some US states where it is illegal to harvest rainwater.

Michael Erdmier

Need this worldwide & test for So CA & CA as we are in drought mode.

Stephen Russell

Yes, @bullfrog, there are some states that claim all water belongs to the State as a natural resource. And these states WILL prosecute you if they catch you. However, most states have more sense, and even in California, (where common sense is not common) greywater systems are in common use. Even carwashes in California are required to use it.

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