Tanks for water storage are an icon of the outback. They could mean the difference between survival and death. But even in the best situations, these tanks are still important enough to warrant a section in serious studies of water usage. In 21st century Australia, the vast majority of households are connected to town water or to a main pipeline connecting them to a water source.
However, tanks are widely used outside of major cities with 50% to 80% of residents depending on this source for their water. That number is actually increasing, according to surveys and studies conducted in the past decade. Hundreds of properties use tanks now when they didn’t just 10 years ago.
One of the key factors in the growing popularity of rain water tanks is improved quality of materials and construction. This leads more property owners to choose a tank to store their drinking water, with one report noting that almost one-third of the properties with suitable space had a tank installed in one year. A significant number of these reported they were influenced by government incentives or rebates for installation of a water tank. Saving water and water restrictions were two of the key reasons given for making this choice.
All of this influence and change has led large tanks to be a common sight on new-home sites, in outlying suburbs, and on commercial properties (where they’re largely used as fire tanks). There are companies specialising in this area, doing their best to provide value for the money invested in a new tank. New tanks are known to be durable and long lasting. In addition, tanks are now available in a range of sizes and capacities as well as in an array of colours.
In the domestic and rural category, you can select from 26,000-litre tanks, 260,000-litre tanks, or from several options in between. If you’re in need of a commercial tank, these are available in sizes up to 2.2 million litres. Manufacturers provide extended durability with ZINCALUME® or genuine COLORBOND® steel. Visit the website of a leading provider to choose one of the standard or contemporary colours.
Modern water tanks also use a strong food-grade polyethylene (five layers), which makes them a great choice for domestic use, for rural settings, and for industrial applications. In addition, providers are involved in the tank process from manufacture to installation so they can oversee each step to ensure outstanding service and high-quality products.
One of the best things about the increased popularity of water tanks is the opportunity to work with Australian-owned businesses that have been part of this essential industry for more than two decades. They have expanded the network of sales agents and installers to make quality tanks available to property owners throughout the country.
If you’re considering a water tank for your current property or if you’re building a new home and think this might be suitable for your use, take a few minutes to learn more about the quality and function of these tanks.