How water storage tank works

water storage tank installed behind a house

Quality water when you need it

With the fear that we are running out of all the natural resources Mother Earth provides us, many people are storing water. While this isn’t a bad idea, storing it properly and safely is a must, especially if the water could be stored for an extended time. This is where water storage tanks come into the picture. 

Water storage tanks collect water and stores it to be used later. Then through a water storage tank and pump, when you turn a faucet on, the water will come out through the tap. Freshwater on demand! This process is purifying water via water storage tanks, reverse osmosis, and assures you that water is accessible whenever you need or want it without a painstaking wait.  

Water storage tanks are normally either atmospheric or pressure tanks. Reverse osmosis tanks are point-of-use applications that implement pressure tanks. We typically use atmospheric tanks for a larger scale use and outdoor use like municipal water storage operations. 

Are plastic water storage tanks safe? 

By tradition, steel tanks have been the choice for water storage tanks. However, they have limits because they are at the mercy of the elements, with a common issue of corrosion. Plastic water storage tanks that are manufactured from BPA-free polyethylene plastic and food-grade safe plastic are 100% safe to drink the water stored in them. 

How do you keep water fresh in a storage tank? 

Now that you have one or more water storage tanks, do you know how to keep that water fresh and useable for humans? We share the following steps with you for five hundred gallons of stored water:

  • Half fill a clean quart-sized container with water
  • Add 3 tablespoons of standard chlorine bleach, (household use, non-detergent, and unscented)
  • Pour this mixture directly into the water storage tanks
  • Using a clean paddle or pole, mix/stir the solution in the water for three minutes
  • Close the lid and any openings on the water storage tanks
  • Let stand eight hours
  • If you aren’t able to mix or stir the added solution, let it stand for twenty-four hours

This will provide fresh and reasonably clear water. If the water is cloudy or murky, this process isn’t as effective because of a possible abundance of suspended solids. Contact the county Extension agent for other ways to treat water storage tanks of stored water that could be considered highly turbid water. 

How long does a water storage tank last? 

The typical warranty for water storage tanks is 5 years. With just a little maintenance, water storage tanks can last 25 years or longer. 

Do water tanks need cleaning? 

The purpose of household water storage tanks is to provide safe water for human consumption and use, like cleaning, cooking, drinking, and gardening. Contaminated water causes many human diseases, which is why it is so essentially important for anyone gets their drinking water from water storage tanks to know water storage tank cleaning procedures and keep them clean. 

The recommended timing for cleaning water storage tanks is annual. This can eliminate any sediment or sludge that builds up and contaminate the water. Cleaning water storage tanks isn’t all that complicated and there are few choices in cleaning your water storage tanks: 

  1. Use clean, clear water, and rinse them well
  2. Use anti-bacterial solution and high-pressure water jet cleaner
  3. Hire a professional that specializes in cleaning water storage tanks 
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How often should water tanks be cleaned? 

As we mentioned above, annually is the recommended time, but every 2 to 3 years is sufficient as long as you keep the water storage tanks in a friendly climate and environment. Sediments will build up, spoil the water for human consumption and use. We could still use the water for watering plants, trees, etc. 

Routine inspection of your water storage tanks interiors will help you determine if they need cleaning more frequently. As you inspect the interior, you’re looking for any microbial growth or sediment, both are indications of contamination. If your water storage tanks are having direct sunlight exposure, microbial growth can be a fast growth that you need to keep a watchful eye out for.

Outside the routine inspections, anytime the following incidents have occurred, you should clean your water storage tanks by any of the methods we mentioned above:

  • Installation of a new water supply line
  • Repair of an existing water supply line
  • Positive test results find coliform bacteria
  • The water storage tanks and system have not been drained or used for an extended length of time

If you are considering investing in water storage tanks, it is important to have a proper, solid water storage tank base, this part is critical. Too often you hear of horror stories of water tanks splitting and all the water inside is lost because there was not a proper, solid base. Dial 817-901-7775 today for your water storage tank installation in Aledo and Fort Worth, TX.