Clean drinking water is necessary for survival. If water is not clean or stored in dirty places, it becomes the breeding ground for various diseases such as Jaundice, Cholera and many others. We keep ourselves safe from dirty water by ensuring that we do not drink water from across the roadside. People always prefer to drink packaged water when travelling and use only filtered water to quench their thirst. Thus, you keep yourself safe and protected but often neglect the storage of your water. Granted, before drinking, you purify your water via filters or purifiers, but the water you bathe with and wash your utensils, clothes and house with is left unchecked. Such lapses in judgement can lead to grave risks and make the members suffer for a long time.
Your water needs a safehouse where it can be protected from dust, dirt and mosquitoes. In most modern houses, the water comes from a centralised source and needs to be stored somewhere where it would be drawn through taps and water purifiers. This safe house should be durable and hard. It should be easy to clean and spacious. Every 2-3 years, the bottom of the tank must be checked and cleaned as sludge tends to accumulate over the months, which may contaminate the water within.
Building or installing tanks to store water is an idea in use by many people. Tanks are strong and safeguard water for later use. All households are different, so are their needs and requirements. There are various types and sizes of tanks available for the storage of water. Depending on the amount of water available in your area, space for the tank and amount of water used daily, there are several good plastic tanks for water available in the market. There are overhead tanks, loft tanks and underground tanks. Sometimes, due to the tank’s lack of a flat surface, many people also purchase a tank base to ensure that the tank does not fall and waste fresh water.
There are water shortages in many regions of the world. As the population is rising, the issues related to water supply are also increasing. There is no guarantee of whether water can be supplied the next day. Such uncertain times call for a certain plan. On days when the supply of water is available, it is wise to store it in tanks. After using the required amount of water for the day, the remaining can be easily used the next day. This would ensure minimum wastage of water and maximum efficiency. This will also ensure that water is available in case of emergency at any time of the day, irrespective of whether the water supply is available that day from the main source or not.
Most tanks are created by using hard plastic mouldings, whereas some people get their tanks uniquely constructed. The tanks that are bought are mostly manufactured by using roto moulding and blow moulding technologies. Roto moulding technology refers to the process of heating a hollow mould and causing the soft material to expand and stick to the mould to form a uniform thickness. It is also rotated while cooling to ensure that there is no deformation. Blow moulding is when plastic is melted to make hollow objects from it. These ensure that the tanks are evenly constructed and have enough space within them. In addition, they make sure that the plastic is thick and that there are no leakages.
Each model is uniquely designed to cater to the needs of specific clients. However, there are certain features common to the design of every water tank. First, the tank is manufactured, keeping in mind that the materials used to make the tanks do not react negatively with the water. Second, the tanks are designed to store water safely, not treat them. So it is always advised to check the piping used to transfer water to ensure that the water flowing into the tanks is not contaminated beforehand. Third, they usually have a cover on top of them to ensure that dry leaves, twigs, small animals or insects do not fall into the water.
Finally, they are designed to be lightweight but strong enough to remain stable and upright during heavy rains and storms. The manufacturers ensure no odour of plastic is present within these tanks.
Contaminated water can be the cause of many illnesses. If left uncovered, the tanks could become breeding ground for mosquitoes leading to an increased risk of diseases. It is important to make sure that there is no algae formation inside the tank. Since water is stored within it, the continuous moisture could lead to the formation of algae. Ensure that you empty your tanks and get them thoroughly cleaned every 2-3 years to maintain the safety of water storage. There are instances wherein people use tanks for rainwater harvesting. However, this can be dangerous to do without having the pH level of the rainwater checked. Low pH levels are harmful and could cause damage.
Tanks are almost always linked to PVC water pipes which transport the water from the source for storage. Strong pipes and durable tanks are the secrets to safer and continuous water availability. The supply may fluctuate, but there is nothing for you to worry about as long as you have water stored safely with you.