Based near the Hamilton Airport in the mighty Waikato, Designer Tanks works with other like-minded people to bring Graf Above Ground Rainwater Harvesting tanks to people and organisations across New Zealand.
Core to our beliefs is that we shouldn’t waste rain by letting it flow from our roofs into the council stormwater systems without catching as much as possible to reuse in our gardens and around our home.
We aim to make rainwater collection accessible and stylish to all by offering a wide range of rainwater harvesting tanks to suit all homes and budgets.
In May 2018, Chloe went to Outward Bound to scare herself and see what she was truly made of (and scared she was!!). At the end of the infamous solo, they had to carry their ablutions to the cleaning station where it was all processed and cleaned through some very sophisticated filtration units before becoming drinking water for Anakiwa, the home of Outward Bound. As everyone was gagging over the task at hand, one of the fantastic leaders explained that although this might seem gross and distasteful, he didn’t want to be one day having to explain to his future children that yes, we did historically use our drinking water to flush our toilets. This struck a very deep chord with Chloe and she went away mulling this over for some time to come.
In true Chloe style, she told anybody who would listen (even when they tried not to!) about this revelation and then thought, right, well, what can I do about it .. at this point, the wonderful Ingrid was “encouraged” to become part of the journey and we embarked on GOAM - Girls On A Mission!! A company owned by women, for women.
We were fortunate to be offered the opportunity to bring Graf Above Ground Rainwater Harvesting tanks to New Zealand, a few wines later and Designer Tanks was formed and we were off!
Chloe lives in the beautiful Waikato town of Cambridge. She comes from an IT background and has been a Project Manager for the better part of 15 years in both large enterprises and smaller owner operated businesses.
When she isn’t working, you will find her running the trails, training for triathlons or doing Yin Yoga. By her own admission, she is not a “natural athlete” and has to work very hard to achieve her goals, including her first ultra-marathon at Tarawera 2019.
People often ask her why she loves trail running so much and her response is always the hard work, discipline and consistency required to achieve the distances makes her so much stronger in every area of her life.
Ingrid also lives in Cambridge and has spent the majority of her career as a dispensary technician in pharmacy. One day while out walking with Chloe, where she had no option but to listen to the Outward Bound story, the idea of GOAM - Designer Tanks came up. It was something Ingrid also felt quite passionate about so she jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
Ingrid hung up her technician hat and went about her massive career change joining Designer Tanks.