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Water Tank Uses in Australia

Posted by Thomas Laspisa on Feb 20, 2021

Water Tank Uses in Australia

Water Tank Uses in Australia – Waterplex

From domestic, to commercial, and even industrial applications, Australia has a great need for water tanks. Several industries rely on water tanks to collect or store water to use applications or land most efficiently or at the highest possible capacity. Water tanks are especially necessary to the rural or remote bush population for agricultural irrigation, rainwater collection, and firefighting. Different water tanks feature a number of characteristics that make them ideal for a select number of applications; a list of water tank uses are listed below including the types of water tanks that best suit those uses so you can choose a water tank based on your own needs.

Potable Water Storage

Having quick access to clean drinking water is essential, especially for rural bush communities. The water can be used for several domestic and small business applications, including supplying water to appliances like your toilet, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Potable drinking water can also be stored for emergency purposes or fire suppression, as noted below.

Water Tanks for Water Storage

Underground fibreglass tanks and polyethylene (poly) tanks will be the most common tank types available for storing and using potable water.  Steel tanks can also be used but will generally include a poly liner of some kind to retain water purity and prevent corrosion from forming on the tank interior. Some flexitanks are used to transport potable water.

Water Tank Accessories for Water Storage

Depending on how you use your potable water, you may require specific valves or outlets to extract the water, as well as a pump if you use the water for domestic or commercial appliances. Tank liners should be used in steel tanks to prevent corrosion and in poly tanks when the water could remain unused for a lengthy amount of time. If using a  flexitank, you may require a protective covering.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is one of the most common applications for domestic and small business water tanks in Australia thanks to how easy it is to do and how versatile it can be. Tanks can be placed nearly anywhere on your property and quickly installed with helpful accessories and components to filter and collect rainwater for storage and use. Pumps can be installed to efficiently route the water to your appliances, irrigation, or other applications making it simple and exceptionally useful, especially for rural living.

Tanks for Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting Accessories

Poly tanks and aboveground tanks will be the most common tanks used for harvesting rainwater, though some steel tanks with poly liners may be used. There are a wide variety of  poly tanks available so you can easily choose the correct size and shape of the tank you need for your property. Slimline tanks are even available for metropolitan areas and low-space applications.

Tank Accessories for Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting will require the use of filters and/or  leaf eaters to prevent large debris like leaves, dirt, insects, rodents, and more from entering your tank, while first flush valves should be used to significantly reduce the risk of bacteria from entering the tank. You may require a pump and specific valves and outlets to direct the flow of water to domestic or commercial appliances as needed. If using a steel tank, a liner should be used.

Agricultural Farming and Irrigation (Plants & Livestock)

Having consistent, quality water for use at any time is essential for all agricultural applications. For livestock purposes, having clean water on-hand helps keep your animals healthy, while an entire irrigation system can be implemented into your crops for the highest capacity yield. Water can be harvested from rainwater with help from special add-ons and components for the best efficiency and cost-saving solution, or it can be acquired from another source just as easily.

Water Tanks for Agricultural Farming and Irrigation

Poly tanks can be used for irrigation, but most agricultural applications will be handled with large, corrugated steel tanks. These are used for the highest volume of water and to provide extra durability. Poly tanks may be appropriate for domestic and small business garden irrigation, but the majority of farmers will require large steel tanks.

Tank Accessories for Agricultural Farming and Irrigation

Tank liners should be used for nearly all steel tanks to prevent rust and corrosion. Pumps and valves/outlets will be required to divert water to the irrigation system and feed your crops or animals.

Irrigation Water Tanks

Fire Suppression

The possibility of bush fires is very real in rural Australia, and so it can be necessary to have an emergency water supply on-hand. Thankfully, there are water tanks and firefighting attachment kits available to make the process as quick and smooth as possible. Fire kits provide components and attachments for your water tank that allow firefighters to quickly access your water supply and administer water to the source of the flames.

Water Tanks for Fire Suppression

Carbon welded and corrugated steel tanks are durable enough for fire suppression and will retain their structure even if flames are nearby, making them an ideal choice. This is also due to the steel tank’s impressive versatility. However, it can be extremely helpful to have a folding or portable tank on-hand when you need to get extra water to the site of the fire quickly. Perfect for fast transport to and from a larger water source, foldable or portable tanks are necessary as a versatile safety precaution.

Water Tank Accessories for Fire Suppression

A tank liner is necessary for steel tanks to prevent corrosion. A powerful  water pump with a fire kit is essential for controlling the water and directing towards the flames.

Chemical Manufacturing

To keep the chemical manufacturing industry fully alive, large, industrial water tanks are needed. These tanks range greatly in size, shape, and application depending on the industry and can usually hold everything from standard water to non-hazardous bulk liquids.

Tanks for Chemical Manufacturing

A wide variety of water tanks exist to suit a range of industrial applications. Large stainless-steel tanks are ideal for consistent manufacturing and for the highest possible liquid capacity. For more convenience and transportability, flexible poly water tanks are ideal; these tanks can be quickly deployed on the job site and filled with non-hazardous liquids. Quick to fill and empty, these tanks can be rolled up when empty to a small fraction of their size to suit changing needs.

Tank Accessories for Chemical Manufacturing

Tank liners are necessary for steel tanks as well as tanks that require extra protection from non-hazardous liquids that may cause degradation of the tank material. Pumps and specific valves and outlets may be required to flush liquid from the tank and to the desired appliance or application. Protective coverings and  spill bunding barriers can add an extra layer of protection from sharp objects and containing potential leaks and spills respectively for flexitanks and bladder tanks used on industrial job sites.

Food Preparation

Having a large supply of extra clean water stored is a necessity for a wide range of food preparation purposes and businesses. From stovetop water to cleaning, the water from the tank can make several tasks easier, especially when serving large quantities of people where high water volume is essential. Water tanks are especially useful in cooking, cleaning, and cooling in food processing industries. These tanks can even be used to store food-related liquids and wines in large capacities.

Liquid Tanks for Food Preparation

A variety of tanks may be used for food prep depending on the application. For potable water used in cooking and cleaning, both poly tanks and steel tanks may be used, but all should feature a food-grade polymer liner on the interior to maintain the quality of the water, prevent impurities, and protect the tank interior from rust and corrosion in the case of steel tanks. There are flexitanks designed specifically to store and transport wine, meaning you have a wide range of options for taking on food prep applications.

Flexible IBC Tanks

Liquid Tank Accessories for Food Preparation

Food-grade polymer liners are essential for tanks used for food prep. Spill bunding barriers may also be necessary to contain potential leaks and spills that could inconvenience staff or harm equipment.

Wastewater Storage

Waste and wastewater storage are some of the most common uses for water tanks for homes and businesses in Australia. Septic and waste systems are especially necessary for comfortable rural living where no full sewer systems exist, and so tough water tanks are needed to provide proper, sanitary containment with minimal odour.

Tanks for Wastewater Storage

Due to their high durability and versatility, carbon welded and corrugated steel tanks can be used for waste and wastewater when used with a strong and durable polymer liner to protect the tank interior from corrosion and degradation. Stainless-steel tanks are not advised for waste or wastewater storage. Fibreglass storage tanks, both underground and aboveground, are built specifically to store caustic water, which includes wastewater.

Tank Accessories for Wastewater Storage

Tanks used for storing waste and wastewater will require food-grade polymer liners to prevent tank interiors from degrading over time, while pumps and special valves and outlets will be necessary to flush out the wastewater from the tank.

Stormwater Management

Controlling stormwater allows you to reduce runoff from entering your property, industrial site, or farmland and potentially ruining operations. Allowing stormwater runoff to enter into your manufacturing site or farmland can damage equipment or ruin crops respectively. Stormwater management can also be done to keep water off of streets and public property; retention ponds help prevent stormwater from halting operations entirely.

Tanks for this Stormwater Management

Fibreglass tanks work especially well for managing stormwater when placed below ground, acting as a retention tank and helping to keep your home, jobsite, or farmland free of excess runoff. Corrugated steel tanks may also be used but should utilise a poly liner on the inside to protect the tank interior from corrosion and rust. Thanks to their highly durable construction, however, these tanks can last for years and remain reliable. If a retention pond has already been excavated, poly pond liners are also available to prevent stormwater and runoff from saturating the ground and seeping into the surrounding area.

Tank Accessories for Stormwater Management

Steel tanks used for stormwater management will require polymer liners to prevent rust. Pumps with compatible valves and outlets may be necessary to flush the stormwater out into appropriate locations.

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