Rainline's Shop is Now Mobile - Services Extended to Installation & Repairs
From 1 November 2016 the Rainline Shop will be MOBILE servicing the Auckland Area. That's right we will come to you.
Supply of product to areas outside Auckland will remain the same with purchases made from our website delivered nationwide free of charge (excluding tanks and butts).
Our mobile services range is extended to include installation, servicing and repairs for our products.
Please call Nigel on 0800 RAINLINE (724 654) to discuss your requirements or drop us an email at email@example.com.
Water tanks anyone can install, NEW installation video
Scott Espie demonstrates in this video just how easy it is to install one of our rainwater tanks with a superfill rainwater diverter. Scott had never installed one before so is a complete amateur, just shows that anyone can have their own rainwater harvesting system without involving a plumber.
Rain Harvesting Article in Weekend Gardener Magazine
Below is a copy of the most recent article in the Weekend Gardener Magazine that Rainline contributed to. Recent changes with waste water charges within the Super City have sparked such editorials. Have a read, its a great insight into the world or rainwater harvesting.
Reproduced from Weekend Gardener issue 347, September 27 – October 10, 2012.
Free Rain Harvesting Workshop
Rainline are sponsoring a free Rain Harvesting workshop. This will be held at Eco Matters in New Lynn, Auckland.
Tutor: Byron Scott, Director Rainline Water Solutions Ltd
With new wastewater charges just being released by the council, some of us have been hit hard by extra charges. More than ever we should be looking at alternative ways to save on these costs. I will show you how you can help offset some of the costs with a simple cost effective rain water butt and diverter. Whether it be for urban or lifestyle properties I will step you through the most practical way to go about installing a new system. All proceeds from this workshop go to the SLC, sponsored by Rainline.
For booking contact on 09 826 4276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more about the workshop by visiting Eco Matters website
Tokelau Aid Project
Rainline recently won a contract to work with the Tokelau government to help improve the quality of the water on the islands.
Tokelau lies out in the Pacific ocean just about right on the equator. There are 3 main atolls or groups of islands where about 600 people reside in total. Each atoll consist of a number of reef-bound islets (motu) encircling a lagoon. The islets vary in size from 90 m to 6 km in length and from a few metres to 200 metres in width. The largest atoll is Nukunonu at 4.7 sq km. Fakaofo and Atafu are 4 sq km and 3.5 sq km respectively. From Atafu in the north to Fakaofo in the south, the group extends for just under 200 km. The atolls are three to five metres above sea level. Tokelau has a total land mass of 12 sq km.
Tokelau faces climate change head on as it prepares itself for rising sea levels and noticeable increased droughts year after year. Tokelau declared a state of emergency in October 2011 when the water supply became dangerously low, Tokelau relies solely on rainwater. Water had to be shipped from New Zealand in aid and reached the atolls just in time.
Much needed funding has now been provided to improve water catchment and quality. I was privileged to have spent the past 2 weeks on Fakaofo implementing a training program on how to install First Flush Diverters and Rain Heads. Every home will have this system installed on their rainwater tanks. By having this proven system installed will dramatically improve bacterial levels in their drinking water and reduce the need for boiling rainwater. It was amazing to see just how happy and excited the locals were to see the project unfold. A day I was there when it rained buckets were placed under incomplete systems to capture the first ever filtered water they had ever received.
If your interested to read more about Tokelau see the link below
Christchurch Water Restrictions
Christchurch residents face a total watering ban during the hottest part of summer to ease demand on the city's quake-damaged infrastructure.
A water-conservation campaign and spells of wet weather have helped keep water use down, but rising temperatures and the December 23 aftershocks have made a total outdoor watering ban highly likely in Christchurch city and around Lyttelton Harbour.
In October, the council imposed the city's first water restrictions for more than a decade to ease pressure on earthquake-damaged wells and reservoirs.
Under the current level 3 restrictions even-numbered properties can carry out hand-held watering on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while odd-numbered properties can water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Outdoor watering is banned on Mondays.
Council city water and waste manager Mark Christison said the public had obeyed the restrictions over the past three months, cutting consumption by about 1.8 million litres a day.
Wet weather last month had helped to reduce demand, he said.
However, last Friday's aftershocks had created further cracks in the city's water system, causing more leaks that needed to be repaired.
The damage, combined with a recent rise in temperatures, meant a move to level 4 restrictions – a total outdoor watering ban – was highly likely, Christison said.
"We've been lucky up until now that we've had significant rain events which have kept everything green and quenched the demand for watering, but the next couple of months are going to be the real challenge."
He said the decision to implement a ban would depend on the weather, as well as on the extent of damage to the network.
"If we have a rain event, that could put things off for a few weeks but a ban is looking quite likely."
Emergency crews had been working to fix major leaks in the network but full-scale repairs would not "step up" until early next month, Christison said.
Potential problems, if consumption was not cut, included water levels dropping in the city's seven reservoirs, pumps on the flat not keeping up with demand and pressure dropping below what was needed for firefighting purposes.
A Christchurch gardening society said a total watering ban would be "heartbreaking" for gardeners.
Riccarton Horticultural Society secretary Beverley Bristowe said a ban would have a significant effect on most people's gardens.
"It will be rather drastic for people who love their gardens. Roses and that sort of thing really have to be watered well," she said.
"Some plants will die in front of your eyes but there's nothing much you can do about it, is there?"
Bristowe said the current restrictions had been working "quite well" for gardeners.
Mulching could help to preserve some moisture in gardens, she said.
If a ban was imposed, Christison said, the council would advertise it in print and on radio and through the council's Waterwise website.
Our Rain Harvesting products reviewed on grownups.co.nz
A guy called Chris Bennett came in and purchased a rain harvesting system from us, turns out hes a contributor for a very popular website caleed grownups.co.nz. Here is what he had to say!
Since retiring I’ve spend a lot more time enjoying a hobby that has been a bit of a passion for years, gardening. During my youth I always wondered why the so called expert gardeners were gnarly old fella’s always willing to lean on a spade and share their wisdom and knowledge with anyone prepared to listen! Well now I’m old and the spade is comfortable so ‘listen’ to some words of wisdom while you have a cup of whatever you fancy.
Combining DIY and gardening doesn’t really take much to do, both ‘arts’ involve skills that can bring about a huge amount of satisfaction to the participants. Fixing your own broken down pipe is almost as satisfying as munching on the first home grown tomato of the season. But now I’m rambling, well you do tend to do that while leaning on your spade on a warm autumn day. A few weeks ago I decided that the cost of water was getting to the stage of being a bit beyond a joke( the latest bill had arrived) and because I’m starting to grow a lot of veggies and stuff in containers and raising my own plants from seed, watering is really important . The answer, of course, is to get a tank and start saving the free stuff that falls from the sky. Well this was where the problems started, because I only a have a small section I wanted a small tank preferably made of plastic so that it would be light enough for me to fit myself.
Well a quick search on the Internet really got me worried, most of the sites wanted to sell tanks that would take the capacity of the local dam! 750 litres up to 30000 seemed to be the average! It wasn’t until I found the Rainline Water Solutions Site that I discovered that ‘somebody’ was catering to MY needs. Rainline seem to specialise in tanks, or should I say more correctly, Butts, for home use with sizes ranging from 200 litre to 510 litres. They are made of plastic and are easy to move ( when empty of course) and come in flowerpot or square shapes, plus they have a range of connectors to fit to your down pipes as well as gizmos that stop leaves and debris getting into your water. Basically these people are a one stop shop for rain water collection systems for your home, good people to deal with and offer great advice. As for fitting the tank to your down pipes nothing could be easier for the home handy person.
If this article seems like a promotion for Rainline Water Solutions then you are correct. As I’ve said before if I discover a product or service that impresses me then I will let you know, so I have! Check out their website www.rainline.co.nz
A Waikato School Teaching Rainwater Harvesting
Hamiltons Aberdeen primary school is leading the charge by teaching children sustainable gardening practices.
Aberdeen Primary School in the Dinsdale suburb of Hamilton are leading the way with an extensive organic vegetable garden including rain barrels for each garden. We delivered the rain barrels and rainwater diverters and were delighted with the project they had under way. Its so great to see and we hope more schools follow suit to teach our next generation there is more to life than just Facebook and Playstation. Awesome work Aberdeen Primary!
Aberdeen School Sustainable Garden co-ordinator Kathy Eade had this to say.
"Did you know Aberdeen School is an Enviroschool? From this, the children have told us they are interested in learning more about the environment, recycling and caring for the planet. We have listened and have been busy behind the scenes coming up with an exciting new venture to create a sustainable garden area for the children to run."
We have taken a holistic approach to sustainability - it takes time but we are looking to make the gardens "sustainable" over time - the rain barrels are a natural extension of this, using previously wasted water. (It keeps the schools water rates down too!) The area was previously an ugly, wasteland as such - but we have turned this wasteland, into a wonderland!
I cannot tell you how excited the kids (and the parents, the teachers, the whole school, grandparents). Murray McDonald our principal is very keen to create a community feel in and around the school, and part of our funding from HCC Envirofund was based on using a community approach which we have achieved via working bees etc. The exterior mural is currently in progress and is being watched daily with enthusiasm from kids and parents. Parents and children wander through the gardens after school, it is quite a hub of excitement, activity, and learning. I was chuffed when my 6 year old came home with a tip for ridding the gardens of snails! Had to laugh.
Alot of other primary schools are growing vege patches but probably not to the extent we have taken it - we are very serious about our gardens! Not to mention competitive, there is definitely jostling for the best garden. The lessons plans have been extended to cover plant life cycles from a basic level through to extended learning, dependent upon the year/skill level.
Summer will be the judge if the rain barrels will be sufficient, I suspect we could probably double the amount and it may still not be enough. We are pretty extreme here in the Waikato, hot hot or wet wet. For this reason we have not intalled hoses but have watering cans.
We are very proud of our gardens!