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Learn About 16 Different Types of Water Storage Tanks

Learn About 16 Different Types of Water Storage Tanks

Have you ever wondered what the best way is to store your water? You have a lot of options when it comes to different types of water storage tanks. There are specific types of water tanks that are better for certain kinds of water. It’s important not to store drinking water in containers that could make the water unsafe. And for that reason, it’s important to know what your options are, as well as the basics of each type’s benefits and usage indications.

What is a Water Tank For?

The simplest answer is that water tanks are used for storing water and other substances for later use, but beyond that, different varieties mandate different uses.  For example, specific tanks are designed to store water for specific purposes, while others are optimized for specific placements.  Depending on the size and specifications of the tank, water storage tanks can be used for commercial food and beverage preparation, household water storage, agriculture, irrigation, industrial manufacturing, and more. A water storage tank will hold onto clean water from your reverse osmosis system until it’s needed. Once water is pumped into the tank, it will accumulate the water until it’s full, providing instant access to water. 

What’s the best material for water storage tank varieties? Again, it depends on usage. For storing potable water, you’ll want a material like food-grade plastic or fiberglass, which are designed to keep your water drinkable. For other uses, steel tanks may be the way to go since they’re durable in a wide range of conditions.

The Different Types of Water Tanks

Here’s what you should know about the 16 most common types of water storage tanks, all of which you can find for sale right on our site.

1. Vertical water tanks – Above ground tanks with a ton of multi-purpose uses. They’re designed to hold pressure and commonly come in green or black to limit light penetration from the sun.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting, and collection, long term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression and protection, farm irrigation.

2. Heavy-duty water tanks – Used for bulk storage of both water and chemical substances.
Best for: Water, liquid fertilizer, waste vegetable oil, agricultural chemicals, liquid feed, industrial chemicals, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), reverse osmosis systems, car wash tanks.

3. Underground tanks – Lightweight tanks that are intended for long-term underground storage. We sell varieties made from polyethylene plastic, which is much more affordable than concrete.

4. Metal tanks – Steel tanks with a galvanized coating designed to withstand discolorations and stay durable in various climates. Offer long-term storage of up to 20 years.
Best for: Rainwater harvesting, water storage, fire protection, water treatment, irrigation water storage.

5. Fiberglass tanks – Highly durable for the storage of all types of water, including saltwater. Resistant to corrosion, which gives them a longer lifespan than many other types of water tanks.
Best for: Rainwater harvesting, water storage, fire protection, oil field storage, liquid fertilizer, water treatment, irrigation water storage.

6. Rectangular water tanks – Compact tanks that are ideal for use as marine boat tanks, RV tanks, storage tanks, and ballast tanks.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting and collection, long term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression, and protection.

7. Emergency water tanks – Tanks that are specialized for use in storing emergency water supplies and are available in a variety of sizes to meet your family’s needs.
Best for: Potable drinking water, long term water storage, emergency water storage.

8. Horizontal water tanks – Constructed for above ground use and water hauling, with molded-in legs to support the tank and steel hoops for tie-down.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting and collection, long term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression, and protection.

9. Low profile tanks – Made with a slosh-resistant design that offers structural support and is ideal for water hauling and underground use.
Best for: Potable drinking water, water irrigation storage, fire suppression systems, rainwater harvesting. 

10. Pick-up truck tanks – Water tanks intended for use on pick-up trucks, with a specialized design that allows them to fit over wheel wells.
Best for: Potable drinking water, water irrigation storage, fire suppression systems, rainwater harvesting, or waste storage.

11. Doorway tanks – Slimline tanks that offer a large storage capacity in a narrow application.
Best for: Potable drinking water, water irrigation storage, fire suppression systems, rainwater harvesting. 

12. Portable water tanks – Intended for portability with a special shape that fits in the back of most major truck models.
Best for: Potable drinking water, water irrigation storage, fire suppression systems, rainwater harvesting.

13. Open top tanks – Large tanks with an open-top; commonly used in chemical storage and water mixing applications.
Best for: Mixing and storing water and chemicals, including acids.

14. Intermediate bulk containers – Heavy duty tanks that can be stacked and stored above ground.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting and collection, long-term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression, and protection.

15. Forklift tanks – Uniquely designed tanks with a pallet frame that allows them to be picked up by a forklift easily.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting and collection, long-term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression, and protection.

16. Stackable tanks – Freestanding tanks that can be stacked to save on space.
Best for: Potable drinking water, rainwater harvesting and collection, long-term water storage, emergency water storage, fire suppression, and protection.

Water Storage Tanks To Meet All your needs
Plastic-Mart has one of the largest selections of water storage tanks in the nation and will have the right tank to meet your specific needs. Our team can help assess your current situation and provide recommendations on what type and size of the water tank are best for you. Want more information? Contact us today for assistance in choosing the best type of water tank for your needs or if you have any questions about our current inventory.