Rainwater tanks

Overview

Rainwater tanks (including a downpipe diverter) can be purchased for $105 from the Upper Hutt City Council at 838–842 Fergusson Drive. While stocks last.

Specifications

These tanks have a 200L capacity and are 1200mm high and 650mm wide. When empty, the tank weighs 7.5 kg. For transporting – one tank can fit into the back seat of a standard four door car. 

Where possible, council may be able to assist with the delivery of the tanks for Upper Hutt customers who need extra assistance. This service works around council work schedules and the goodwill of council staff.

If you are placing the tank on anything other than solid ground, please contact us to check whether building or resource consent may be required.

Payment

There are two methods of payment for Upper Hutt City Council:

  1. Pay CASH or EFTPOS at the cashier counter in the Council offices located at 838 Fergusson Drive, between 8am–5pm weekdays and collect the tank.
  2. If you work outside Upper Hutt, you can pay direct to our bank account ANZ 01-0771-0018890-03, put your surname and the code 4807502 as references on the transaction . Please ring us to confirm availability of the tanks before you pay. Once payment is made, please contact us to arrange collection.

FAQs

Q  Are consents required for installing rainwater tanks – for certain sizes, table height greater than 1m off the ground etc.?
A  Consent may be required if this rainwater tank is not being placed on solid ground. Consent is also required for tanks that hold more than 25,000 litres (this rainwater tank holds 200 litres). Please contact Council on (04) 527-2169 or email us if you are unsure of whether building or resource consent may be required.

Q  Do I have to boil the water?
A  Yes. Health advice is to boil all drinking water from the water tank in an emergency.

Q  Is the tank available in other colours or sizes?
A  No. The tank sold through the councils is only available in 200L tanks – in heritage green and birch silver. Tanks of other colours and sizes may be available through your hardware store or from www.thetankguy.co.nz

Q  Can I buy the tank without the fittings (e.g diverter)?
A  No. The tank, diverter and fittings are a package deal and are not available separately.

Q  Can I link more than one tank together?
A  Yes. A series of water tanks can be connected together. You will need to buy additional material (connecting pipes) from your local hardware store.

Q  Do I have to fit the tank to a downpipe?
A  No. The tank can be used to store 200L of tap water, which should be refreshed every 12 months. It can then be connected to the downpipe in an emergency.

Q  What is the tank made of?
A  UV resistant, food grade plastic. It is certified as meeting New Zealand standards for water storage.

Q  How do I install the tank?
A  Installation instructions are provided with the tank.

Q  Do I have to attach the tank to my house?
A  It is strongly recommended that the tanks are attached to a firm structure. This could be a house, garage, fence or retaining wall. The tank kit includes webbing and hooks suitable for attaching the tank. Attaching the tank improves the chances of the tank staying upright in an earthquake or other emergency.

Q  Are these tanks subsidised by ratepayers?
A  No. The Wellington Regional Emergency Office (WREMO) has been able to negotiate a bulk order with the tank manufacturer to provide the tank and fittings at this price (retail price of tank and fittings is approximately $250). Council staff and facilities have helped to maintain the low cost of the tank.

Q  There is a problem with the tank I purchased.
A  Any problems should be referred to The Tank Guy by phoning 0508 326 8888 or by sending an email to emergencyrainwatertank@mouldingsunlimited.co.nz

Q  Can I do a bulk order?
A  Yes, provided the order is larger than 200 tanks. Community organisations should email WREMO – wremo@gw.govt.nzwho will help coordinate an order and delivery.