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Water is a precious natural resource many of us take tor
It's easier than you think to install a rainwater tank for your
home to supplement our town water supply.
Rainwater should be used from your water tank regularly
to ensure fresh storage and can be used during times of
water restrictions for washing your car and watering
plants, and for many other outdoor uses.
Our governments will be forced to recycle our waste
water if we do not have adequate supplies of fresh rain-
water for drinking and all other purposes, so it makes
sense to take some control measures.
The histor y of water tanks in Australia star ted with the
first settler s when they transpor ted food from England to
Australia in metal container s.
When empty these container s made great storage for
fresh water which used for domestic purposes.That was
the beginning of Australia's fir st water tank.
Sam Knudsen commenced building corr ugated iron water
tanks in 1958 in the Shoalhaven.
With the assistance of his father Jack Knudsen and their
family they are now in their third generation, with Phil
Knudsen at the helm driving new innovations to enhance
their successful business.
Their commitment to building a quality product still stands
Knudsen's have been pioneer s in their field and have
worked closely with BHP in the development of
corrugated iron rainwater tanks and could not have
achieved the milestones in tank making histor y in Australia
without the valued assistance of chemists and metallurgists
at BHP's Research and Technology Division at Por t Kembla.
In 1988 Knudsen's invited the leading tank makers to
attend and par ticipate in Australia's first tank making
seminar held at their factor y in Tomerong, resulting in most
of the tank maker s modernising their factories similar to
Knudsen's, which is today the most modern tank making
factory in the southern hemisphere .
During the cour se of over 50 years in tank making histor y
Knudsen's have achieved great advancements in reducing
noise pollution through the introduction of modern
equipment, eliminating toxic fumes during manufacture,
minimising materials wastage, and developing better lifting
devises for ease of handling by staff, all of which led to
These advancements were driven by a desire to improve
the working environment, and produce a premium
product at a sensible price, all made possible through
innovative techniques and sharing knowledge.
The traditional method of tank making was to rivet the
cur ved sheet with tinman's rivets and soldering the joints.
Today as we move into the 21st century using all of the
modern innovations such as Colorbond exterior coatings
to match the decor of your home, and Aquaplate (a
polymer coating) which lines the inside of the water tank
giving a more predicable life expectancy, we reflect on the
sacrifices made by past generations in modernising our
We are increasingly aware of water management
strategies implemented for the efficient use of this valuable
resource Without water this planet could not sur vive .
It does not take much to remind us that it is easy being
green as world economists are telling us that vegetables
will become more expensive.
One way is to start at home with your family and build a
vegetable garden and use the rainwater you collect to
grow nutritious veggies that taste like they should, full of
Star t smar t by choosing from the attractive range of
Slimline or Round Water Tanks.
Many sizes and colour s to complement your home are
available at Knudsen's of Tomerong.
Call Tracey on 4443 4066 for more information on their
great range of Water Tanks, Roofing and Raised Garden
Peter Henning and Tracey and Phil Knudsen in
front of the Knudsen building at Grange Road
Tomerong. The business has been going for 50
Knudsen's -- helping Australian's
save water since the 1950s
IT'S EASY BEING GREEN
with a water tank from
KNUDSEN TANKS & ROOFING
5 Grange Road, Tomerong Ph. 4443 4066
e. email@example.com www.knudsentanks.com.au
See your local council
for more information
By collecting rainwater you save the
environment and reduce your water costs.
Round and Slim - Raised Garden Beds
Custom Built Rainwater Tanks
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