Water Storage & Rain Harvesting

Matthew Firth

Matthew Firth
I really enjoy teaching people about topics that I am passionate about.

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Rain Harvesting Plumbing: Wet vs Dry Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 7:50:51 AM / by Matthew Firth posted in Rainwater Harvesting, Rainwater Harvesting System

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When installing a rain harvesting system, the hardest part to plan is how your plumbing is going to be configured. In this article, you will learn about two popular ways to plumb your water storage tanks so you can harvest rain water the right way. These plumbing configurations are called 'Dry' systems and 'Wet' systems. I decided to gather all the pros and cons of each plumbing configuration to help you make the right decision for your setup.

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Can Water Storage Tanks be Buried?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2017 8:09:41 AM / by Matthew Firth posted in Water Storage Tanks, Water Tank Facts

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Yes. However, a tank that is going to be buried must be built to allow the pressure of the surrounding dirt. In this article, you will learn about two different types of water storage tanks and how they are built to withstand different pressures. You will discover the facts about tanks that can be buried and tanks that can't. It's important you know what a water tank needs to make it safe to install underground.

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What type of Water Tank is best for rainwater harvesting?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 12, 2017 5:10:21 PM / by Matthew Firth posted in Algae Resistant Water Tank, Rainwater Harvesting, Rainwater Tank

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There are a couple of important questions you should ask yourself when purchasing a water storage tank for rainwater harvesting. These questions will help you make the right decision without regrets. Let's face it. Purchasing a water tank is a big investment so it's only worth doing it right the first time. Before I answer these questions, I want to tell you about all the styles of water tanks there are available for harvesting rainwater.

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Can you drink from Plastic Water Storage Tanks?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2017 5:48:58 PM / by Matthew Firth posted in Helpful Tips, Water Tank Facts, Stop Algae Growth

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Common questions asked in the water tank industry often relate to how pure can your water remain. This is an obvious consideration when you are using your plastic water tanks for everyday family applications. Plastic water storage tanks are used in many ways around a home, ranch or even a construction site. Water storage tanks are mainly manufactured with plastic which is an industry-proven advantage because of its strength. This concept has been around for many years supporting homeowners and ranchers with an extra pure water source they can rely on.

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Plastic Water Tanks: Does the color matter?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2017 5:38:09 PM / by Matthew Firth posted in Algae Growth in Water Tanks, Helpful Tips, Water Tank Color

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This is an important question to ask yourself if you are concerned about the purity of your water. Water tanks come in many shapes and sizes. They are used for many applications across the country providing an extra water source in a time of need. Drier states like Texas, Arizona and California use plastic water tanks as an emergency backup plan. Believe it or not, for some farmers and ranchers, this is their only source of fresh water.

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Will Algae Grow in your Water Storage Tanks? [Infographic]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2017 3:25:53 PM / by Matthew Firth posted in Algae Growth in Water Tanks, Helpful Tips, Water Tank Facts, Stop Algae Growth

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Water storage tanks can often be exposed to extreme sunlight which encourages algae growth. This quickly leads to polluted water that cannot come in contact with a human or an animal without causing harm or sickness. This would include everyday applications such as drinking, washing the clothes, playing in sprinklers on a hot summers day. The bottom line is, once algae grows in your water storage tanks, the water basically becomes useless if you are a long way from a water source.

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Quick Guide: How to Install a Water Storage Tank

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2017 1:00:10 PM / by Matthew Firth posted in Helpful Tips, Water Storage Tanks, How To Tip

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Once you have purchased your water tank, the next step to consider is how are you going to install it. There are several best practices that need to be considered to ensure your water storage tank is in a safe position. You also should be concerned about how you will be using it. This factor influences what tools you will need and whether you can do this by yourself.

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