Water Tanks: Handy Information


Food we can live without for days and some even say as long as 3 weeks. However, water is a different story. With more than half of our body being made of water, it becomes that much more essential for our survival. In our day-to-day lives we fail to acknowledge the truth about water. We need water to live. With everything from drinking to food preparation, for cleaning, washing, gardening and agriculture, water plays a crucial role. There are many who might need to walk for miles to access water or need to wait for water to be delivered to them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Given the importance of water, almost all of us would opt for storing our water. We use water tanks for this purpose. Shared below are few good to know points about water tanks.

Purpose of water tanks

Water storage tanks are used for several different purposes. Water for drinking purposes; this is mainly used with rainwater collection. If stored correctly the water is very safe to drink. Other purposes are gardening, especially if you would rather save your main water for drinking purposes alone. Some even store water for emergency purposes such as fire fighting. While others would consider using the tank water for washing their clothes and even flushing the toilet!

Tank size and types

If you have never given much thought to water tanks, you would be surprised to know the different types of water tanks that are available, with a variation in sizes, shapes and even colors. They mainly differ based on the final insulation and location they are placed at. There are various types such as buried in the ground, under the house, and above ground. Above ground by far has the most variety of tanks. Variety not limited to color but the material and size as well; big, small, metal, metal with plastic liner, plastic and even concrete. The decision of the size of the water tank that best suits you is based on your need and other factors such as the pattern of rainfall, length of the dry period and consumption patterns, usage type such as agricultural or for emergency purposes such as to put off those wild bush fires.

Placing your water tank

Water tanks are large units. They will have height and weight depending on the storage capacity. This would mean you need to give careful thought to where it should be placed and if it needs support. Also are points to consider any council guidelines or restriction on where a tank should be placed. Also consider having two units as opposed to one large unit, however that would mean taking up more of your space. Similarly important point to consider is the water pressure. You would want to place your tank as high as possible, probably on the highest rooftop or similar area so that you could use gravity instead of investing in a pump.