With climate change and the recent rise in water pricing, residents and businessmen are looking to save and store water as much as possible.

Authorities recommend storing at least 60 litres of water per person, which amounts to a two-week supply. For a family of 4, you would want to store approximately 250 litres of water.

Storing water is fantastic, however it must be stored under strict regulations to avoid becoming hazardous to you. Have a look at some basic tips for storing water safely over extended periods of time:

Choose the correct containers for storing drinking water

There are various containers available for storing water long term, however not all are intended for storing drinking water. For example, rainwater tanks are great for collecting water for garden use, and are “food grade”.

Here are a few suggestions for choosing containers for storing drinking water:

Store water in multiple sized containers

It’s ideal to store a large volume of water and it is effective to store smaller, portable containers light enough to carry during an emergency. Glass and metal containers are not recommended as a water container due to breakage and corrosion.

Choose heavy-duty, polyethylene tanks for bulk water storage

These tanks are available in various sizes and have an effective draining and decanting system. Plastic water tanks include cooling systems such as preventing of UV rays penetration.

Clean water storage containers before filling

When using your water storage tank often, it’s a good idea to sanitise the container. Plastic water tanks are designed for medication and nutrients to be added at any time, allowing you to keep the tank sanitised constantly.

Store water tanks in a cool area

Light and warmth promote algae and bacteria growth, which we want to avoid as much as possible. Black linings in polyethylene tanks prevent the growth of algae, but to assist with this, it is best to store your water storage tank in a cool, dark area.

Water stored in plastic tanks should be kept away from gasoline, kerosene, pesticides or similar substances as they can penetrate plastic.

Secure heavy water storage tanks from tipping

Heavy tanks should always be stored close to ground level and secured to prevent tipping. This can be done during the installation process, and secured with tie downs onto firm ground or slab.

Replace stored water once a year for freshness

Water stored properly can last for years. It is important to ensure that your water is fresh at all times, where old water can be used in the garden.

It is important to let everyone in your home or business know how to handle your polyethylene water tank and give strict instructions on maintenance and usage. All plastic water tanks are available at RotoTank™ under warranty.

For more information on delivery and installation of your plastic water tank, contact RotoTank™ today.