water tanks & storage

Traditionally reserved for rural areas, rainwater harvesting is now becoming hugely popular for domestic residential use.

Rainwater Collection Tanks for Drinking Water

If you’re building a home or commercial structure rurally in the Bay of Plenty, you’ll most likely need a rainwater harvesting system. Thankfully, the Bay receives a good amount of rainfall annually. Even so, in order to get through the dry season, most homes need at least 50,000 litres of storage capacity.

We are proud Puretec agents for Tauranga. Puretec is an Australian company that provides top-notch filters and filtration systems. In our experience, their quality control goes far beyond other imported filter brands, and when you are dealing with invisible microscopic particles and toxins, quality control is everything.

Eco Plumber & Gasfitter can work with you to design and install a rainwater harvesting system that’s appropriate for your needs.

New Rural Connections to Council Water

In some rural areas, council water is still available. In late 2018, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council made it mandatory to install an on-site water storage tank and pump for any new connections to council water supply. This is to lessen the impact of new connections on the existing network. The minimum capacity of these tanks is 5000 litres. You’ll need backflow prevention and filtration if you intend to collect rainwater for drinking as well.

Talk to Eco Plumber & Gasfitter about your new-build rural home, and we’ll walk you through your options.

Garden Rainwater Tanks are Very Sensible

Water restrictions are as common as ever in Tauranga, Papamoa, Mt Maunganui, and all the surrounding suburbs. Long-term weather patterns and the pressures of a booming population in the Bay have made it increasingly important to conserve water. And that’s all besides the fact that in Tauranga, we pay $2.90 per m³ for council water – around $250 a year per person on average.

If you have a lawn or garden, you can save a significant amount of water by installing a rainwater harvesting tank. Smaller garden tanks start at around 300 litres, and larger garden tanks come in at more than 2000 litres. Modern rainwater tanks are available in many colours and shapes, including tall premium slimline tanks and budget cylinder tanks.

No matter your budget or where you are in Tauranga or the Bay of Plenty, a garden rainwater tank is a worthwhile addition to your home.

Talk to Eco Plumber & Gasfitter today.

Rainwater harvesting has been traditional in the rural environment and is now becoming popular for domestic residential use.


This ranges from the smaller hobby size using a 300 litre tank and one single down-pipe for garden use (very economical to set up giving great benefits) to more sustainable standalone 5000 litre or more systems for building use, requiring filtration and backflow protection to meet council regulations.


These need to be sized correctly to ensure smooth running all year around. This enables complete independence from council supply.


Talk to the Eco team today about your residential or commercial plumbing and gasfitting needs in Tauranga, Te Puke, Katikati & wider Bay of Plenty

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