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What to Consider When Buying a Plastic Water Storage Tanks

There are many options to consider when looking to purchase a plastic water storage tank. There are numerous factors to take into consideration including diameters, gallons, base requirements, colors, and volume. With plastic water tanks ranging from 3 gallons to 20,000 gallons, you don’t want to end up with the wrong size tank for your specific needs.

Some people want a small tank for emergency purposes, while others want a larger tank to suit their household and irrigation needs. To keep the water safe from microorganisms and environmental conditions, use a tank that is sturdy and long-lasting. Here are 5 major things to consider when buying a plastic water storage tank.

  1. Usage

    What will you be using your water storage tank for? Typically, water storage tanks are used for four main purposes:
  • Household use
  • Emergency water storage
  • Irrigation
  • Fire water

The type of use has an impact on where the tank is placed on your property, how much water you need to store, and how often you fill the tank. For example, if you’re using the water tank for your home it must be clean, potable, and located near your home. Knowing this will help you determine which tank you need for your specific application.

  1. Size & Capacity

    When it comes to water storage, size and capacity is the next thing to think about. How much water do you need for your specific application? For example, if you’re a family of four looking for a water storage tank for your home, your family would use approximately 250 gallons of water per day. At the end of the day, the size and capacity of your tank is based solely on your application. Still confused? Contact a professional at Plastic-Mart who can help you with the decision making process!
  2. Color & UV Protection

    Color is important when it comes to your water storage tank because it has an essential effect in the prevention of algae formation. This is because light-colored plastic water tanks may allow sunlight to seep through, allowing algae to bloom. That is why we provide a variety of black water tanks that exclude sunlight from entering the tank, inhibiting the growth of algae and other microorganisms.

    Additionally, be mindful of where you’re going to be storing the tank. If the water storage tank will be left outdoors, you’ll need to consider if you’ll need UV protection. The sun’s rays can weather plastic water storage tanks as well as build algae within the tank. It’s best to protect your tank from direct sunlight where possible or ensure it has UV protection.

  3. Durability

    The materials that make the water storage tank are also equally important as they should be sturdy enough to withstand environmental factors such as temperature and weather conditions. Typically, water storage tanks are made of the highest quality materials including High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE). Both of these materials contain chemical resistant properties making them strong and durable.
  4. Shape

    There are many different water storage tank shapes, so it’s important to choose the right one based on your specific application. From square to cylindrical to rectangular and spherical it can become overwhelming to choose the right shape. Your choice should depend on the space you have where the tank is supposed to be placed. A rectangular shape would fit better in a room with limited space, whereas a cylindrical shape would be better suited for larger areas where space isn’t an issue.

At Plastic-Mart, we offer a wide range of plastic water storage tanks that come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Our experts are always readily available to help answer any questions and make the decision making process easier. Contact us if you have any questions about our water storage tank selection or if you need help choosing the right tank.