Are all rainwater tank pumps the same?

If you are concerned about your water usage, not only with the cost of it, but also the potential damage it may cause to the planet, then investing in a rainwater tank and pump combo might be exactly what you have been looking for.

While this investment will require some forethought and planning, the benefits will not just be felt in your hip pocket, but also by the planet. As we know, there is a wide range of options when it comes to choosing a water tank, not to mention the pricing differences. However, don’t let all that intimidate you as the rewards you get from installing a water tank, will be felt for years to come.

While it would be great if you could just install the rainwater tank, and that was it, there are other components which you must also take into account. Most importantly is the pump, although there are 3 main types of pumps you can choose from. 

  • Rain/Mains Switch Pump: this pump type is able to maintain constant pressure while pumping. However, with the added benefit of the control switch, this allows the device to revert back to the mains water system, should the rainwater tank run dry.
  • Pressure Control Operated Pump: the constant pressure pump operates by switching on when it detects the use of an appliance in the home like the toilet or tap.
  • Pressure Switch/Vessel Activated Pump: as the name suggests there is a vessel on the pump to keep water constantly under pressure, supplying water whenever it’s needed, and then refilling the vessel when it’s not.

Other points to keep in your thoughts are how powerful you’ll need your pump to be, along with what other features you may require your pump to have to be able to direct water to the correct places. Ideally, you should be looking for a pump that is able to offer a flow rate of at least 30 litres per minute, it is also important to remember that the more outlets it has to reach, the greater that flow rate of the pump needs to be.

If you have any further questions on the above topic or if you would like to know about something else we stock, please feel free to contact our friendly and professional team at Pumps 2 You and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.