Choose Steel Water Tanks for Cost-Effective and Versatile Liquid Storage

There are many reasons why consumers may find it necessary to maintain a supply of water in addition to that supplied by local municipalities. Some, of course, may not have access to a municipal supply at all and, in such cases, must obtain their supply from a borehole and then store it in a suitable container prior to use. To meet the more modest needs of the domestic user and to cater for the vast volumes that are frequently consumed by the nation’s industries, the simple solution is to employ steel water tanks of a size in keeping with the volume of liquid to be stored.

While a plastic container might prove to be a cheaper option for the domestic user, the synthetic material will lack the durability of a metal vessel which, if its walls are corrugated, will be more than strong enough to withstand the pressure of a much larger volume of liquid and will show no tendency to distort. When used to collect rainwater from rooftops, it is quite possible for a household to reduce its dependency on the piped supply from utility companies by as much as 70%. That is more than an interesting statistic. In practice, harvesting rainwater for home use could translate into some very healthy savings on the steadily mounting monthly bills for this vital commodity – an extremely good reason for investing in steel water tanks.

Another good reason for this choice is that it is a conservative measure and one which, if adopted more widely could substantially reduce the current pressure on municipalities to maintain their potable reserves. We all caught a glimpse of what could happen in the absence of an adequate reserve when, in 2018, the taps in Cape Town came perilously close to running dry in the wake of a prolonged period of drought. Climate change is a reality and we all need to take advantage of those days on which it rains heavily as a hedge against the likely increase in the frequency of drought conditions in most parts of the country.

The perfect option for harvesting rainwater to provide the feed for the steel water tanks, all that is required is to divert the downpipe from a gutter. A built-in filter screen removes detritus such as leaves, while an internal polymer coating inhibits algal and bacterial growth. The stored liquid can be used without any further treatment to irrigate lawns and herbaceous borders, to wash the windows and the family car, as well as to top up the swimming pool when necessary. All of which means you should be set to benefit from a substantial saving on your municipal account when you decide to install one of these steel water tanks.

Additional treatment could render the harvested rainwater source sufficiently pure to be safely connected to the main water supply and used for many more routine tasks, including human consumption, which could result in even greater savings. Depending upon the size of a family and its requirements, as well as the average rainfall in their locale, steel water tanks are available in capacities from as little as 1 000 litres all the way up to 60 000 litres. The larger size could be useful in locations such as nurseries and smallholdings where consumption can be high.

In addition to its extensive range of these relatively compact vessels, where the need is for even greater storage capacity, and where the vessels may be exposed to exceptionally harsh climatic conditions, Aquadam also offers its tough Smart Tank range. Characterised by their exceptional quality and superb structural strength, the panels of these steel water tanks have a coating of zinc, aluminium, and silicon on both sides to protect them against corrosion, and should last more than 50 years.