What You Should Factor in When Buying a Water Tank
A water tank can come in handy if your property does not have access to adequate running water or if you wish to stay prepared in case the water supply gets cut abruptly. Also, people buy water tanks to reduce the amount of money they spend on water bills. Regardless of your reasons for purchasing a water tank, here are some factors you should consider before buying one.
First consider what the water will be used 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’s purpose is to store stock water, then place it on a high point within the property such that in case power failure ever occurs, water can flow using gravity.
The next thing is to figure out how much water you will need to use on the property averagely. Figure out your water needs for different time periods i.e. annually, monthly, weekly and even daily. If the tank is for household needs and is primarily filled with rainwater, then make the most of your rainy seasons by filling it with rainwater from the catchment of your roof. If the primary purpose of the tank is to store stock water, ensure it always has adequate volume to sustain the animals’ daily requirements while allowing a buffer in case supply breaks down.
Consider where you want the tank to be installed on your 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 particularly useful if the water’s sole purpose is firefighting. This also improves the efficiency of stock watering systems since gravity keeps the water troughs full without a need for 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 a common practice for farm vehicles such as boom sprayers or even farm appliances.