Owning a water tank in Australia is a big deal. Being one of the driest continents in the world, a quality water tank can be a lifeline for survival. If you're planning to acquire one, whether domestic, commercial or industrial, it's important that you know what factors to consider before making your pick. Below, find a short checklist of the different factors you need to evaluate when doing so.
The most important factor to consider when buying your tank is the amount of water it can hold. You therefore need to first evaluate your needs and decide how large a tank you need. Your needs will be determined by the core uses, e.g. irrigation, rain water storage, domestic uses, plant application, etc. You can order a water tank with a holding capacity of any size, e.g. 1,000 litres, 10,000 litres, 40,000 litres or more. If you're unsure about the size of the tank you want, consult your supplier for advice.
Once you have narrowed down the size of tank you need, it's time to decide on the design. There are several of these to choose from. Round tanks are the most standard. If you don't have a lot of space to seat your tank, you can go with slim-line or low-line tanks. These can fit under roofing eaves without taking up compound space. Alternatively, you can opt for an underground tank where space is not an issue at all.
When it comes to material, you get to choose between tanks made of hardened plastic, corrugated steel and concrete. Plastic is pretty standard for small to medium applications, with steel and concrete being more common for large scale industrial and community water tanks. Plastic is cheaper and lighter, with steel tanks being more robust and easier to scale. Concrete tanks, albeit costly, are permanent and fire resistant.
Once you have decided the size, material, and design of your tank, you can now evaluate other extras such as guttering and pumps. Guttering on your water tank helps to capture rain water and is ideal for all types of tanks. Water pumps help move your water from the tank to the point of use. The ideal pump will depend on the amount of water you need to move and the location of the tank, i.e. are you pumping the water across a flat, uphill, or downhill terrain?
Last but not least, you need to consider your installation needs. The most important factor is deciding where to install the tank. The ideal location should be flat and easily accessible to the installation team. You may also need to prepare the installation site yourself. Most suppliers require that you add soil and compact the installation ground and that you add an earth barrier around the tank perimeter. Please consult your supplier for full details.
By evaluating all the above, you can acquire a high quality tank that will meet your needs for years to come, therefore giving you maximum value for your money.