When it comes to rainwater tanks, there is a wide range of solutions available and each type of rainwater tank has different advantages and disadvantages.

It is important to discuss your requirements with your builder or a rainwater tank supplier first, as they will be able to recommend the most suitable tank type based on your home and water needs. However, this article can give you some helpful information to help you along the way.

The different rainwater storage options on the market:

  • Concrete tanks:
    • Can be used aboveground and underground
    • Underground tanks are out of site and out of mind
    • No charged lines required, so cleaner water
    • Because they are made of concrete, they are durable and long-lasting
  • Poly (polyethylene) tanks:
    • One of the cheapest water tanks for urban use
    • Can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes
    • Charged downpipes, water can become stagnant and dirty
    • Are installed above ground, so the tank is in plain site
    • Unsightly and uses up valuable land space
    • Fragile – easily broken if not handled gently
    • Have shorter lifespan
  • Metal tanks:
    • These can be made from a variety of metals such as Zincalume, Colorbond and Aquaplate
    • They come in a variety of shapes and sizes
    • Installed above ground only
    • Charged downpipes, water can become stagnant and dirty
    • Unsightly and uses up valuable land space
    • Are prone to transport damage
    • Will rust and have shorter lifespan than other tanks
  • Fibreglass tanks:
    • Strong and durable
    • Mostly used for above ground applications
    • Charged downpipes, water can become stagnant and dirty
    • Unsightly and uses up valuable land space
    • Are prone to transport damage
    • Most expensive option
  • PVC or bladder tanks:
    • Are to be used aboveground or under decks
    • Are made from PVC material and sit in a steel frame for support
    • Easily broken/split if not handled gently
    • Have shorter lifespan than other tanks

We hope that you now have a better understanding of the different rainwater storage options available. If you would like to talk to someone about the best solution to suit you home, why not give us a call on 1800 041 111.

 

Source: http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Files/Rainwater_Tanks_Fact_Sheet.pdf