When it comes to installing an in-ground water tank, we are lucky living in Australia as an in-ground water tank can be installed all year round. In countries – or areas – where it snows during the winter, installing an in-ground water tanks into frozen soil is extremely difficult. Here in Australia the ground freezes over in only certain areas.
Summer is a great time to install a water tank.
Water tanks are a perfect way of catching and storing rain water for use at another time. Installing a water tank will reduce your *environmental footprint* as you rely less on the mains water for washing your car, watering the garden or flushing your toilets. This in turn will help cut down your water bills.
Thankfully today, rain water tanks are not the same huge, ugly structures they were in the past, and cement water tanks can be installed in the ground, saving you space, and allowing you to keep your views. They come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for use on both large country properties and standard urban spaces.
Before you buy an in-ground water tank, you want to decide how it is you want to use the water. If you want to use the rainwater for outside use – watering the garden or lawn and washing the car, a simple water tank is best, and the supplier will be able to do all the hard work and install it for you. If you are thinking of using the rainwater for flushing your toilet you will also need a licensed plumber to connect the tank to your mains water supply.
The size, or capacity of your tank will depend on the size and shape of your yard, and the location. Tanks are available that are round and squat for fitting under a deck, slimline tanks are great for slipping down narrow passageways, or in ground tanks are available that are *out of sight* completely.
Water tanks generally comes in 4 different materials:
- Metal – metal tanks are made from flat rolled or corrugated metal which is often galvanised or coated. They come with a plastic liner that increases the life of the tank and protects the quality of the water.
- Polyethylene – or plastic tanks are very popular as they are both durable and cheap and because rust isn’t an issue, they are perfect for those who live near the ocean. Other synthetic materials are used such as PVC, as bladder storage. Bladders are great for under decking, but their materials aren’t tough and are no good for use outdoors.
- Fiberglass – these tanks are chemical and rust resistant and designed to withstand extreme temperatures. They are not cheap and are only suitable for above ground installation, while all other types can also be installed below ground.
- Concrete – these tanks are often used for industrial and agricultural purposes, but they won’t rust, melt, burn or blow away and can be installed below ground.