A Guide to Water Storage Tanks
There are places where water rights are limited if not restricted to public agencies. In many other regions, harvesting of rainwater is one innovative and economical way of water conservation. This can greatly decrease your utility bills, and it also contributes to a dilemma facing municipalities around the nation when it comes to infrastructure. And, to add to that, rainwater is functionally beneficial because it is low in salt content and it does not contain chemical found in water treatment facilities. You will also have enough rainwater in your storage to be able to give your plants the water that they need to flourish.
At any rate, the process of rain harvesting means choosing the right tank design including of course the important factor of the size that connives with the surface area from which your system will collect.
When making the decision to purchase an above the ground storage tank on the other hand (against the underground storage tank) is not only to consider the appropriate location since it will involve a structural frame work. But more importantly what material to use in constructing the tank itself.
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While concrete polyethylene and bolted steel tanks each have their own benefits, welded steel tanks are the best overall choice. Not only do welded steel tanks last longer than the others, but their lifetime cost is lowest and require the least maintenance.
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Stainless steel is inherently resistant to rust and corrosion that it does not even need external coating to protect its base metal. Stainless steel also remains ductile through all temperature ranges so it is also highly resistant to this other natural element. Because of this, you can expect your welded steel tank to have a lifespan of over a hundred years, while your bolted steel tanks can only last you around thirty years.
Unlike concrete tanks that are prone to cracking and leaking, welded steel tanks are leak-free. A crack in your steel tank will not only make for expensive repairs but it can also collect bacteria if left unattended which will compromise water sanitation. A bolted steel tank can also be risky because every bolt in that tank can be a potential weak point.
Cost is another benefit with welded steel tanks since it not only have a longer life cycle and requiring much less maintenance. This means that the total cost of ownership is often lower than the bolted steel and concrete counterparts over the long term.
With different jobs requiring tanks in different shapes and sizes, would it not make sense to build a tank to your own needs, rather than buy one that has been pre-fabricated? You should choose the best type and material for your water tank for you rainwater harvesting that will benefit you in the long run.