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NSW Water Tanks contributes to sustainable design

Anthony’s story – Anthony Nemeth from Kangaroo Valley

The Nemeth Group is a business dedicated to building environmentally sustainable and ecologically sensitive property in Kangaroo Valley, an idyllic country town located 160km south of Sydney.

Stage One of the project aims to harness 100% renewable energy while carrying out large-scale native forest regeneration and eradicating invasive species. Stage Two plans to establish an orchard and gardens using organic farming methods to help reduce pesticides and herbicides.

“It is hoped that this will evolve into a place of teaching and sharing knowledge and produce with the local community and children who are increasingly removed from the reality of the impact we are having on our environment.”

The 200 acres of agricultural land incorporates two large creek areas, but in November 2019 the property ran dry for the first time.

The previous owners had installed a 50,000L Pioneer water tank, but Anthony decided it was time to invest in a second tank. The surrounding neighbors all used Pioneer water tanks, and when Anthony’s water contractor suggested Pioneer, he made the call to NSW Water Tanks

Joel sold Anthony a GT250 (250,000L) tank in November 2019, but with the bushfires followed by torrential rain, the project was completed in May 2020.

“Up until now the 50,000L tank was enough, but with the dry creek and recent bushfires we needed to add more storage to the property,” explains Anthony.

“Our existing fire-fighting tanks were also filled to their max, so the new tank needed to add to this supply.

“We’re located in a very wet part of the state with very high rainfall, so we’re not used to being in such a dry condition.

“After the bushfire situation, we’ve been rethinking our resilience to drought and fire; for me, the very simple thing to do is put a larger tank in to have a backstop.”

Anthony was very impressed with Joel’s understanding of the rescheduling due to environmental impacts

“When the tank was installed, I was really surprised when he showed up at 9:30 am, and by 12:30 pm the majority of the tank was erected – I thought it was phenomenal.”

“It was finished the next day. They were efficient, friendly, did everything well, and no little things were left off – for example, the overflow pipes.”