Water is a vital resource. Everybody
needs it, but not everyone has access to clean water. In Australia, droughts
can be common and rainfall scarce. If you live in areas with prolonged drought
periods, installing your own water tank may be a lifesaver.
There was a time when water tanks
are only used by farms and households in bush properties, but today even
suburban homes are using various types of water storage systems. Having one not
only provides you with continuous flow of water, but it also allows you to take
advantage of rain as a free water source.
Here’s how to find the perfect home
1.Why do you need to store water?
Your purpose will determine how much
water you’ll need. As a starting point in this process, think about the reason
why you need to store water. For example, is it for your garden or your home?
2.How much water you need?
Before you begin shopping for your
home water tank, you need to know how much water you’ll be storing on a daily,
weekly, or monthly basis. This estimation will affect the size and even the
shape of your storage.
Think about the things you do at
home that require water, like dishwashing, laundry and bathing. Try to
calculate how much water you use for such activities. You must also factor in
the size of your family. Use this information to calculate the volume of water
you’re likely to need in a given time period.
3.How large a tank do you need?
Water tanks come in different shapes
and sizes. There are small ones that can collect a few hundred liters and there
are massive tanks such as this one that can store
around 30,000 liters of water.
The size of your tank will depend on
what you’ll use the water for and how much of it you need. If you have a good
estimation of how much water you need, then you’ll have taken out much of the
guesswork in deciding the size of your home water tank. Ideally, you should be
able to store a month’s worth of water for your needs.
4.Where do you want it installed?
You can’t just install your water
tank anywhere you like. There’s a science and an art to it. First off, you must
make sure that your tank doesn’t obstruct any pathway—or view—in your home.
Installing it in the backyard next
to a wall or fence is ideal. Also, the location should be on a level ground and
sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the tank plus the water that will be
collected in it.
5.What tank material do you want?
By now, you have a rough idea of the
shape and size of the right water tank for your needs. But unfortunately,
you’re just not quite there yet. You also need to consider the material of your
Popular materials used for water tanks are fiberglass, steel, plastic, and even concrete. The material you choose depends on where you’ll put your tank, how big you want it to be, and, of course, aesthetics. For instance, reinforced concrete is typically used for underground water tanks. A shiny stainless-steel tank may look nice but the water in it can easily get warm because of the material used.
- Hot Climate
If you’re located in a hot climate, it’s preferable to put your water tank in a shaded area. Doing so will keep your stored water cool and reduce losses due to evaporation.
Your water tank’s location doesn’t
have to be surrounded by trees. If the
area is bare, you can plant rapidly maturing shrubs or bushes to cover parts of
your water tank that are heavily exposed to the sun.
- Urban Setting
If you live in a city, your space
may be limited. You cannot just install whatever type of tank you want. The
size and shape of your water tank need to fit your place.
Typically, in a city dwelling setup,
the tank is placed on the roof. Another option might be an underground water
tank. This can save a lot of space but may require some major installation
works to set up. It can be built using reinforced concrete or poly material, but
you will need a pump to move stored water from the underground tank into your
A home water tank is an investment
that can make your life easier and more convenient. It’s important that you
know what you’re in for when you decide to have one installed. If you have any
questions, there are plenty of online resources
to read. A number of factors will affect your choice of water tank, and getting
it right from the start will ensure that you have a quality water source to
last for years to come.