Rainwater harvesting systems are a great idea, and relatively simple to set up. But debris and contamination can be a problem. In this article, we discuss why it is important to keep leaves and bugs out of your tank. When leaves collect in your water after falling off the tree, they will decompose and therefore pose as a threat to the quality of your water (not to mention fueling algae growth). Bugs like mosquitoes carry diseases and they also breed in stagnant water.
With the lack of water supply and the cost of water these days, many are asking themselves, "Would it be worth it for me to catch and use the rain water falling on my roof"? If that's you, you've come to the right place. However, first we must understand the correct way to get set up your rainwater harvesting system to get the most out of it and to avoid mistakes that could waste your time and money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.