Underground Rainwater Harvesting Systems – New Range

Here at Direct Water Tanks we have added a range of Underground Rainwater Harvesting Systems to our portfolio. We are now able to offer two ranges of systems known as the Blue Line and Flat Line ranges. Both ranges of systems are manufactured to the highest quality specifications and designed to provide the customer with certain benefits in relation to their individual designs.

Our Blue Line range of systems consists of four separate sized tanks available in volumes of: 2600, 5200, 7600 and 10,000 Litres. Additionally, each sized tank is available in either a basic underground garden system or a full house underground system. In all, eight individual systems are available both for pedestrian and vehicular use.

The full system consists of a Cylindrical Underground Water Tank manufactured from 100% recyclable polyethylene and is of a one piece construction. These tanks are of the highest quality available on the market today. Each tank is robustly tested after manufacture and is supplied with an impressive 25 years warranty.

Included in each system is a filter, submersible pump, automatic mains top up kit, access chamber and lid and security labels. At the point of purchase there is an option to choose a system for either pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Our Flat Line range of Rain Water Harvesting Systems are amongst the first on the market designed to be flat and therefore, ensuring that the hole to be dug to accommodate the tank is shallow compared to other tank installation requirements. Typically a 5000 Litres Underground Water Tank can be 2.5 Meters deep; our Flat Line Underground Water Tank is only 88cm in depth. This is ensures the hole to be dug is of a minimal depth, saving the customer time and money in installation.

Available in four separate sized tanks: 1500, 3000, 5000 and 7500 Litres. As with our Blue Line Systems, each sized tank is available as a basic garden system or a full house system, with eight systems available in total, also available for pedestrian or vehicular use.

The system consists of a Flat Line Underground Water Tank, again manufactured to the highest quality standards, an integrated filter with overflow siphon and calmed inlet already fitted as part of the tank, this is another great feature for ease of installation, submersible pump, automatic mains water top up kit, access chamber, and Lid and security labels.

At Direct Water Tanks we aim to offer products that are of the highest quality available on the market today. Incorporating our new range of Blue Line and Flat Line Underground Rainwater Harvesting Systems as part our portfolio of products is part of that aim.

To view our range of Underground Rainwater Harvesting Systems please visit: https://www.directwatertanks.co.uk/underground-water-tanks



Potable Water Tanks – WRAS Approval

Potable Water Tanks (meaning tanks that are manufactured to be able to store water that is fit for human consumption) must be manufactured from materials that are WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) Approved.

This is a system whereby the manufacturer will submit a tank to the WRAS scheme to be assessed and tested against the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. If the tank is approved then a certificate of conformity is granted. This certificate ensures the customer can be sure the Potable Water tank is safe for drinking water and is manufactured in accordance with the required regulations.

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 are monitored by all the UK Water companies who also have an obligation to ensure the regulations are adhered to and enforced.

WRAS is a private advisory scheme and is funded by all the UK water suppliers, based in South Wales, the scheme was set up to provide information with the following aims:

  •  To provide knowledge of the regulations
  • To provide an advisory service
  • To develop testing criteria and subsequent testing
  • To act as consultants
  • To assess, register and publicise approved contractors
  • To help represent the UK water supply industry in the development of national and international water standards

It is important when selecting a Water Tank for drinking water that the tank is WRAS approved and not just the materials that the tank is manufactured from. At Direct Water Tanks the whole of our range of Potable Water Tanks are WRAS approved and certified with certificates of approval available upon request.

To view our full range of Potable Water Tanks, please visit:  https://www.directwatertanks.co.uk/potable-water-tanks

World Wide Water Crisis

  • Worldwide, 894 Million people do not have access to adequate Water resources.
  • Over 2.5 Billion people do not have access to basic sanitation.
  • Water related illnesses are the cause of 1 in 5 deaths in children under 5 years of age globally.
  • In developing countries over 80% of sewage is released in to the environment untreated.
  • 2000 children per day die from diarrhoea directly linked to poor sanitation and unclean water.
  • Annually, there are 1.5 Billion preventable deaths worldwide due to lack of basic sanitation.
  • 50% of hospital beds worldwide are taken up by people suffering from illness due to poor sanitation or lack of a clean water resource.
  • It is estimated by 2050 the world population will require 50% more water than is consumed currently.
  • In the developing world over 50% of Primary Schools do not have facilities for water and sanitation.
  • The top three countries in the world who are the largest consumers of water are: India, China and the USA.
  • Cholera is still prevalent in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • 8 times more water is consumed in a home in the USA than a home in India.
  • The average amount of water consumed per person in Gambia is 4.5 Litres per day, in the west 8 Litres of clean water is used in a single toilet flush.

At Direct Water Tanks we donate a percentage of our profits to Water Aid, which is a none – governmental organisation with a mission to raise awareness and funds to provide clean water to some of the poorest communities in the world:


Hosepipe Ban UK

Below is a statement from Anglian Water regarding the hosepipe ban beginning on the 5th of April 2012:

Anglian Water’s statement:

What can’t I do when I’m on a hosepipe ban?

  • Watering a garden using a hosepipe. Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe.
  • Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe.
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe.
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool, except by using a hand held container filled directly from a tap.
  • Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use.
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe, except where fish or other aquatic animals are being reared or kept in captivity.
  • Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain, except where an ornamental fountain is in a fish pond.
  • Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe.
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe.
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

What am I still allowed to do?

  • Use a hosepipe in a garden or for cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises, paths or patios, a private leisure boat or an artificial outdoor surface, where such use is necessary for health and safety reasons;
  • Use a hosepipe in the course of a business to clean a private motor vehicle, or for cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises, paths or patios or an artificial outdoor surface, where this is done as a service to customers
  • Use a hosepipe to water a garden attached to a domestic dwelling or to water plants on domestic premises by people with severe mobility problems or who hold a current Blue Badge issued by their local authority.
  • Use a hosepipe to water an area of grass or an artificial outdoor surface used for playing sport or recreation (but not for any ancillary use), where this is required in connection with a national or international sports event only.
  • Use of drip or trickle irrigation watering systems fitted with a pressure reducing valve and a timer, that are not handheld and which place water by drip directly onto the soil surface or beneath the soil surface, without any surface run off or dispersion of water through the air using a jet or mist.

Are there any exemptions to the hosepipe ban?

There are some exemptions:

  • Non-domestic horticultural or agricultural activity.
  • Any activities that are necessary for health and safety reasons (i.e. necessary to remove or minimise any risk to human or animal health/safety or prevents/control the spread of causative agents of disease).

What is the definition of a garden?

A ‘garden’ includes all of the following:

  • A park.
  • Gardens open to the public.
  • A lawn.
  • A grass verge.
  • An area of grass used for sport or recreation.
  • An allotment garden.
  • An area of an allotment used for non-commercial purposes.
  • Any other grass space.

Drought UK – Latest Update

In the last week of March 2012 East and South Yorkshire have been declared drought zones, including major towns and the surrounding areas, Sheffield, Scarborough, Doncaster and Hull. All major rivers within these areas are running very low for this time of year. South East England and East Anglia have been declared drought zones for a number of weeks now. The Environment Agency has reported “River flows continue to decrease and are similar to flows at the same time in March 1976”. Reservoir water levels have decreased across England and Wales with most reservoirs being exceptionally low for this time of year. The following Regional Water Authorities have issued hose pipe bans to come into effect on the 5th of April 2012:

Sutton and East Surrey Water
Thames Water
Anglian Water
South East Water
Southern Water
Veolia Water South East
Veolia Water Central

It is envisaged over the coming weeks and months that further Water Authorities will declare a drought situation. The implications of anyone using a hosepipe in the affected areas for car washing or gardening could face a fine up to £1000.00

Welcome To The Direct Water Tanks Blog

This is the first of hopefully many posts on our new blog. We will be keeping these pages up to date with all the latest developments here at Direct Water Tanks.

We aim to provide both our present and new customers with all the latest news, product write ups, weather reports, drought updates and much more information regarding the water industry and the water tanks market.

As a customer of Direct Water Tanks we will provide you with the latest and up to date industry news, covering many areas and also check back for new products and special offers and promotions we may run from time to time.

Check back soon for more updates!

Direct Water Tanks Team