Installing a Rural Water Tank: 3 Options

Australia has been known to experience severe droughts in the past, which means that water storage has always been essential. If you live in a rural setting, which doesn't have access to a mains water supply, you will want to make the most of any water supplies you have. A water storage tank is a fantastic way of storing water so that it can be used to water your crops when water is scarce. Below is a guide to 3 materials you may wish to consider when choosing a water tank


Steel was once a very popular choice. However, it does have a number of drawbacks which make it less appeal when compared to the other options on offer. Firstly, a steel water tank will normally be manufactured using several different pieces of steel which are welded or bolted together. However, the areas where the material is joined together will be weaker than the rest of the tank and will, therefore, be more likely to spring a leak. Steel can also begin to corrode if it comes into direct contact with water. You can combat this by lining the steel tank with plastic sheeting in order to protect it.


Plastic water tanks are normally made using one piece of moulded plastic which does not contain any seams. This drastically reduces the chance of any leaks as the container will not have any weak points. Plastic tanks are also resistant to any form of rust or corrosion which means they are very low maintenance. Also, because the plastic can be moulded during manufacturing, it is very easy to have a bespoke water tank made which fits into a particular location within a farm building and which maximises the volume of water which can be stored. However, plastic isn't the strongest material and may be easily punctured or damaged.


Concrete is perhaps the best solution for a rural water tank. Not only is concrete incredibly strong, but it can also be poured into a mould of any shape, meaning that it can offer the same benefits of plastic and can fit into any space you desire. Once it has been poured, the concrete water tank will not have any joints or weak spots. However, it is important to remember that concrete is a porous material which can be damaged if it absorbs water. You will need to line the concrete to protect it.

If you would like to find out more about why you should choose a concrete water tank, you should contact a concrete contractor.