Tips on What to Consider When Purchasing a Water Tank
Water tanks are worthy investments for people who cannot access consistent running water or for people that can access running water but want to remain prepared in case the water supply runs short for whatever reason. Additionally, people may invest in water tanks to save money they could have spent on the water bill in the long run. Regardless of your reasons for purchasing a water tank, here are some factors you should consider before buying one.
First, consider what you will use the water for. Water storage is generally used for four things i.e. irrigation, firewater, stock water and household use. The purpose of the water being stored determines where the tank will be placed in the property, how much water is needed to be stored and how frequently the tank will be filled. Water used for irrigation should generally be low in salt while the tank should have plenty of volume at any given moment to properly run the irrigation system. If the tank will be used to store stock water, make sure it is placed on a high point within the property such that whether power is there or not, water flows using gravity.
Next, determine how much water you will need on average. Consider how much water will be required in the property in a year, a month, a week and even a day. If you intend to use the tank for domestic water needs and your primary source of water is rainfall, harvest as much water as you can during the rainy season using your roof’s catchment. If the tank is used to store stock water, then there should be adequate volumes at all times to meet the daily requirements of all the animals while having a buffer that allows supply breakdowns.
Figure out the place you want the tank installed on the property. Tank position greatly affects maintenance and functionality. A general rule of thumb is installing a tank on the highest point of your property so that water flows using gravity even when the pump is broken or there is no power. This is especially true if the main purpose of the water is firefighting. This also works for stock watering systems as gravity ensures the water troughs are always full without using pumps or power. Another aspect of tank location is whether vehicles will be required to access the tank for filling, maintenance or emptying. This is necessary to consider when dealing with fire appliances or some farm vehicles such as boom sprayers.