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Types of Water Storage Tanks

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Water tanks can be found on residential, commercial or industrial properties. They are used for many different types of applications, though fundamentally their sole purpose is for storing water. Most are lined with a tank liner to keep them water tight and to preserve the tank long-term. They are installed to supply water for the following main uses:

  • water for the garden or turf, as in the case of sports fields and golf courses, thereby conserving water and reducing mains water usage (plus a contingency plan during periods of drought),
  • water for fire fighting usually located close to industrial buildings,
  • potable water availability provided the approved type of water storage tank is used,
  • water for use by washing machines, dish washers and for flushing toilets to reduce mains water usage thereby conserving water and reducing water bills.  

Water storage tanks are available to order in different materials, sizes and colours depending on your choice, installation location and uses:

  • Polyethylene - this is the more popular type of water storage tank as used in urban applications. This type of tank can be used in both underground and above ground tank. They are available in a wide range of sizes, with tanks being able to store from a few hundred litres of water to 50,000 litres. They can moulded into any shape that you desire, whilst also being available in many different colours.

  • Galvanised steel water tanks - considered the most robust type and found above ground at commercial or industrial locations. Much like polyethylene tanks, they are customizable in size and shape. Additionally, they are available in either a flat or a ribbed finish. They are generally lined with a rubber tank liner to prevent corrosion and the stored water from becoming contaminated by rust. These metal water tanks can hold as much as 700,000 litres.

  • Fibreglass tanks are highly durable and can withstand some of the more extreme temperatures. Since the arrival of polyethylene though, fiberglass has become a less popular choice of material due to its price.


Tanks buried under ground are made from either plastic or concrete. This type of storage tank is dependent on budget, the availability of space and ease with which the required hole can be dug. 


The biggest variety of water storage tanks are found above the ground. 


Is it worth installing a water storage tank? There are a number of factors determining this, but the main one is down to life style choice. Another, is the cost savings you would make measured over a ten year period versus using mains water supplies. Add to that, the cost of losing plants during a period of drought.


Corrugated water storage tanks are most commonly used commercially and are available to order along with uniquely fitted tank liners from Russetts Developments Ltd.

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