Did you know that water tanks were used by ancient Greeks and Indians even before that? The ability to store water is a definite mark of civilization, and an absolute necessity in modern life. We can’t do without water tanks to store our drinking water or irrigation water. Many agricultural industries, including rice and maize farming, chemical manufacturing and the food industry would cease to exist without water tanks. Many home users, however, simply want a durable and long-lasting tank to store water for everyday use. Before you go on buying a tank for your home, it’s important to know the kind of water tanks that are available out there. Knowing so would help you choose what’s right for your household and budget. Read ahead for the list:
Clearly the most commonly used and prominent kind of water tank is plastic. The synthetic material that is plastic is sturdy, weather resistant, doesn’t corrode and would last for decades no matter how harsh the sun gets. Most water tanks at home are made from plastic and are placed at an elevated spot so pumping water is easy. Pressure accumulates at high places, so the tank’s pump can easily push water through the indoor plumbing system with little exertion. (Useful tip: Take care to buy a really good pump for your plastic water tank. Do not hesitate to spend some money on this important device. You can easily find water tank pumps for sale at bargain prices at local hardware stores.) The only downside is that plastic tanks tend to be smaller in size, so are only really suitable for small households. They also tend to lose colour when left uncovered under the sun for a long time. (Discolouration does not indicate that the tank is old and not useable anymore.)
Plastic tanks can be controversial due to being non-biodegradable, and therefore, environmentally unfriendly. Eco-friendly home buyers can alternatively consider rainwater tanks for household use. These types of tanks are specially designed to collect rainwater, as the name suggests, rather than store water pumped up from an underground reservoir or elsewhere. These tanks are designed keeping dry desert areas in mind, and are mainly issued for agricultural industries. However, they are not hard to adapt for home use. Rainwater tanks will have to be installed at an uncovered area where it can gather raindrops without obstruction. The downer with rainwater tanks is that they have to be quite large to carry enough water to sustain the household during seasons when there’s little to no rainfall. Therefore, for some households it’ll be more sensible to combine a rainwater tank with a regular one.
Households that are too large for small plastic tanks can do with reliable fibreglass tanks. These were designed to store water without it being contaminated by corrosion and debris. They are sturdy and can survive constant use long enough for large food manufacturing companies to prefer them above all other types of water tanks. Do be careful to buy only pure fibreglass tanks without any steel (particularly in the supports) to be completely rust resistant.
Discerning households can choose either one of the above types of water tanks after factoring in budget and any special individual needs. It’s not a waste of money to spend on the right kind of tank, even if it’s significantly above your budget, because a good tank can last for decades with little repairs and almost no replacements.