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  • Benefits of Using Multiple Tanks to Capture Rainwater
    Also if you have a growing family your water usage is likely to rise over the years Installing two or more smaller tanks from the start makes it much easier to add additional small tanks to suit your usage with relatively little hassle This spreads the cost of installing storage in your system reduces unused storage and allows you to be flexible in the future Finally many rainwater tank suppliers are will provide special prices on two or more tanks So it can actually work out cheaper buying multiple rather than one big tank Disadvantages with Multiple Tanks Of course there are also some disadvantages you might face with having more than one tank including space requirements and installation complications They Need More Space The most significant difference between a single large tank and two or more smaller tanks is the space needed You will likely need more space to spread out several tanks for the same storage capacity as a single large tank If you have a large amount of land this isn t a big problem but for smaller plots it could make a big difference However in some situations where your plot has awkward un useable spaces the ability to install multiple slimline tanks or the like might actually better fit Smaller tanks can also be hidden more easily with landscaping or behind other structures Installation Complications Installing a series of tanks can take longer and is more complicated The tanks need to be linked and set up correctly to make sure they work together as a system If you are having your system installed by professionals this is not too much of a worry If you decide a set of smaller tanks is better for you but you re installing the system yourself don t be put off it is slightly trickier but not impossible and we would be happy to offer you advice Are two three four tanks for you When you re deciding if two or more tanks could be the best solution for you the most important things to check are space and cost Tank Dimensions and Space Once you have measured the space you have available you can look at rainwater tanks on our website which shows the dimensions of all our small and large tanks From these dimensions you ll be able to see if you could fit several small tanks in the space you have Note that the small tanks will need to be placed close to each other so plan for a block of space rather than many separate sites Price The difference in price between one large tank and several smaller ones will depend on your particular situation your supplier and any package deals or specials Clark Tanks are more than happy to discuss different possibilities and options that could meet your needs Clark Tanks manufactures a wide range of rainwater tanks to suit almost any situation Contact us on 1800 252 758 or email us using our

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  • ZINCALUME Steel Water Tanks vs Poly Tanks
    lining but they can also be found made out of ZINCALUME steel with a separate polyethylene lining that sits inside to protect the steel from water corrosion What are Poly Tanks Poly water tanks made in Australia today are often made to withstand the Sun and are safe to use for drinking water To verify this is the case ensure that your tank is made from food grade UV stabilised polyethylene approved to Australian Standards for products used for drinking water AS NZS 4020 Poly tanks are fabricated through a rotomoulding process where plastic resin is heated up rotationally spun inside a cast and then cooled and allowed to set Poly tanks are either rotomoulded as two pieces that are then joined together through a plastic welding process or as one piece without any side seams The Australian Standard for polyethylene tanks AS NZS 4766 requires that quality poly tanks be rotomoulded as one piece There are also other features this standard specifies when building a quality poly tank that will reliably store liquids under Earth s normal atmospheric conditions If you are looking into a poly water tank it is important to ensure your tank is certified to this standard AS NZS 4766 and that the manufacturer is also certified for a quality controlled manufacturing process such as ISO 9001 Poly Tanks and ZINCALUME Steel Compared Price ZINCALUME steel is often a bit more expensive than poly water tanks about a 20 increase in cost depending upon seller size and style Sizes Larger sized steel tanks up to 100 000s of litres can be manufactured whereas poly tanks are available up to around 50 000 litres but can be joined together Styles Both tanks are available in round and slimline models ZINCALUME tanks can be found in different steel finishes whereas poly tanks can be found in a wide range of colours Poly tank models are also available for under decks underground or even partially buried below the surface Strength Steel might be harder than plastic but an inner poly lining required with a ZINCALUME water tank can be damaged which then allows corrosion to occur and or voids warranty Poly tanks are more impact resistant and hard objects like a hammer will literally bounce off whereas steel tanks will become dented and require repair Corrosion Resistance ZINCALUME steel cannot come into contact with moisture and chemical agents and other substances or corrosion will occur This includes soil ash fertilizer moisture retaining substances lead or copper of other dissimilar metals sometimes found in roofs gutters or fences water from copper flashings or copper pipes green or wet timber or treated timber Poly tanks that are UV stabilised will withstand the Sun and plastic also obviously does not rust So you have less to worry about with a poly tank Maintenance care must be taken with ZINCALUME water tanks to not break the inner poly lining Anodes positively charged electrodes must also be installed and replaced every 10 years added

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  • Buying Water Tanks Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    market that are made from different materials If you have investigated steel tanks in particular then rainwater tanks fabricated from traditional galvanised steel is one that you may have come across This article aims to provide an a Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tanks Made From Tags galvanised steel water tanks poly tanks rainwater tanks steel water tanks water tank comparisons AQUAPLATE Steel Water Tanks vs Poly Tanks When looking for a rainwater tank for your property you will find many tanks on the market that are made from different materials If you have investigated steel tanks in particular then rainwater tanks fabricated from BlueScope s AQUAPLATE steel is one that you ve probably stumbled across This article aims to Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tanks Made From Tags aquaplate water tanks poly tanks rainwater tanks steel water tanks water tank comparisons Bargaining the Best Price when Buying Your Water Tank There are many myths surrounding the purchase of a water tank and the cost is often one of those Purchasing even a very large rainwater tank is often cheaper than people realise Several factors effect price including whether purchasing a traditional round water tank a slimline or some other style the tank material Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags buyers guide water tank prices water tanks on sale How to Choose a Water Tank Colour to Suit Your Home or Shed Once you have decided upon the material type of rainwater tank that you will purchase then you will need to decide upon the capacity size shape and colour What water tank colours are available While steel water tanks are often limited to a steel finish perhaps in different textures other materials such as AQUAPLA Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags buyers guide water tank

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  • 'Buyers Guide' Tagged Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    decide upon the capacity size shape and colour What water tank colours are available While steel water tanks are often limited to a steel finish perhaps in different textures other materials such as AQUAPLA Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags buyers guide water tank colours How to Calculate the Right Size Water Tank for Your Home or Shed If you re building new infrastructure on your land whether it s a shed warehouse barn or other facility it s vital you determine the best water supply and storage system solution for your new building How much water will I need Your first step is to determine how much water your new building will need For Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags buyers guide water tank sizes water usage Steel Water Tanks Galvanised Steel Zincalume Stainless Steel Aquaplate Water storage tanks can be found in a range of materials including polyethylene plastic galvanised steel Zincalume stainless steel a combination of steel and poly Aquaplate fibreglass and also concrete Although Clark Tanks manufacture poly water tanks because we believe it provides a number of benefits o Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Tags aquaplate water tanks buyers guide galvanised steel water tanks stainless steel water tanks steel water tanks water tank comparisons zincalume water tanks Does Your Poly Tank Comply With AS NZS 4766 Poly tank manufacturers often state that their poly tank complies with Australian Standard AS NZS 4766 Polyethylene storage tanks for water and chemicals To be assured of the structural integrity of your poly tank it is very important that you confirm your tank is made to meet or exceed this standard The goal of thi Read Article Categories Buying Water Tanks Poly Water Tanks Water Tank Standards Tags as nz 4766 buyers guide iso 9001 quality

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  • Using Groundwater in Farming
    access groundwater normally means drilling a hole in the ground down to the water table Water accessed in this way is known as bore water It is then pumped out of the ground to where it is needed or stored in water storage tanks Often windmill powered pumps are setup alongside bore water tanks on the property where the hole is drilled below ground to the aquifer From there it can be treated and distributed throughout the property to water stock troughs irrigate crops and other areas it is needed Water storage tanks are sometimes set up high on stands above the ground which the groundwater is pumped into Known as header tanks they use gravity to create pressure that delivers the water to where it is needed on the property Groundwater Quality Groundwater can be contaminated by many sources including sewage animal wastes agricultural run off which can contain fertilisers and pesticide industrial pollution and seepage from rubbish tips or polluted stormwater You therefore want to ensure you test the groundwater on a regular basis and ensure it is appropriately treated if used in your household with livestock or throughout your farm irrigation Careful planning should be undertaken to ensure your own farming uses do not negatively impact upon your groundwater To avoid or minimise water quality problems in groundwater Groundwater sources should ideally be set up up hill and at least 250 metres from any wastewater disposal system such as a septic tank and trenches Avoid contact with surface waters open wells Inspect the surface around a groundwater source regularly and protect it from dead animals irrigation run off and other contaminants Raising the bore heads above ground level can avoid floodwaters and surface runoff contaminating the source Extract groundwater only where subsurface contaminants are unlikely Try to

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  • Using Surface Water in Farming
    creeks to properties through pipes that lead to your property where it is needed Depending upon the dryness of a season quantity of water available and evaporation rate it may be a good idea to keep some of your surface water in a backup water tank To aid in delivering water to where it is needed on your property you have the following options Pressure pump system pumps can either be powered by electricity windmills solar or fuel petrol and diesel You will need to decide which the best setup for your needs Electricity and fuel powered might be less expensive initially but more costly over time Compared to windmills and solar powered pumps which may cost more upfront but are more cost effective over time Gravity feed system if your water supply is located higher than where you will use the water you could implement a gravity feed system which uses gravity to move the water without the need for electricity Header tank these are located on higher ground or a platform and uses gravity to pressurise the water and deliver it to where it is needed You will still require a pump to fill the header tank but the header tank system reduces the workload of your pump saving energy costs Surface Water Quality Surface water should always be tested and treated as necessary before using with irrigation stock household or other farm activities Problems that would otherwise result include poor plant growth blocked irrigation and or stock water pipes or sickness and even death of livestock Testing your water in an accredited laboratory will help you identify any water quality problems that need correcting Problems may be chemical or organic or physical and issues may surround pH levels iron hardness corrosion salinity sodicity turbidity algae bacterial growth

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  • Is It Safe To Drink Rainwater from Your Water Tank?
    against use of rainwater for drinking purposes where a reticulated potable water supply in available The reason for this being rainwater tanks need to be properly maintained People will often overlook doing this in amidst their busy lives and this lack of maintenance reduces the quality of water stored Provided that you carry out routine rainwater tank maintenance and take proper precautions with the water stored in your tank then the rainwater should be perfectly safe to drink You will also be able to use it for cooking and bathing Benefits of Washing in Softer Rainwater You have likely heard of soft water and hard water Rainwater is naturally soft but what does that mean It means there are less minerals dissolved in it Consider water from surface water sources like creeks and rivers water from such sources are normally harder since they contain salts and other minerals The beauty of softer rainwater is that it allows soaps and detergents to work better They will lather up much more easily making rainwater ideal for washing clothes dishes and people Whether using rainwater to wash your hands or body or shampooing your hair in the shower you ll find your skin and hair feeling more fresh and silkier Rainwater is also great for people with sensitive skin and can reduce any negative symptoms associated with hard water Safe Rainwater Tanks for Storing Potable Water Most rainwater tanks in Australia today should be safe however you should always check to ensure that the tank you are purchasing complies with the Australian Standard AS4020 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water Any tank manufacturer who claims this of their product should be able to provide you with a certificate of compliance or the name of the independent organisation who certified them and a certification number It is important to identify that this standard applies to the finished tank product itself and not merely the materials used Clark Tanks in the time past also manufactured steel water tanks but now focus upon manufacturing food grade polyethylene water tanks If you do purchase a steel tank even stainless steel tanks then it is often safest to make use of an inner poly lining Consider that in Tasmania many stainless steel tanks were found to contain high levels of lead This happened because the solders using to join the stainless steel sheets together were made of lead So even if you go with a stainless steel tank we still recommend performing a test for lead every so often to ensure you and your family aren t being poisoned Poly water tanks on the other hand have no such drawbacks and in fact many steel tanks whether galvanised AQUAPLATE or ZINCALUME have an inner poly lining It Is Safe to Drink Rainwater from Properly Maintained Food Safe Water Tanks Hopefully this article has helped you to understand some issues if you will be using your rainwater tank as a potable water supply Just ensure

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  • How Can I Tell a Quality Water Tank from a Cheap One?
    expensive if it is even more expensive What to Look For in a High Quality Poly Tank When choosing a poly water tank it is untrue that they are all the same Like anything you get what you pay for If you invest in a higher quality tank backed by a reputable brand then you can often avoid hassle and expense later on Whether that is the design of your tank highly skilled staff and quality manufacturing process or the overall value you receive we aim to offer the highest quality in all areas Here are four areas Higher strength and longevity You want a ribs as they provide greater strength a solid roof design with no support poles tapered walls thicker walls where the most water pressure is on the lower part of the side walls Tanks should be constructed as one piece without side seams using UV protected polyethylene Lids should not be cut off the top for easy transport otherwise this introduces a weakness into the tank and creates additional entry points for mosquitoes Minimally you want a poly tank independently certified to AS NZS 4766 Polyethylene storage tanks for water and chemicals Greater tank style While there is no standard for style your personal taste here is the standard Compare a tank with ribs to a tank without and ribs look a lot nicer than flat Compare a Clark Tanks tank to some other tank and you will likely agree that our unique ribbed design offers one of the most attractive tanks on the market More thought and planning goes into style rather than just producing what is easiest Ribs also provide greater wall strength Safer fresher water Ensure your poly tank is made from food safe poly AS 2070 Plastics materials for food contact use and the final tank product is safe for drinking water AS NZS 4020 Testing for products for use in contact with drinking water With Clark Tanks you will receive safe drinking water as all our tanks are made from food grade polyethylene Poly tanks will not rust or corrode have no fibres and will not taint the taste of your water Quality production process a company that has in place quality management systems provides you with a higher level of assurance that their product will be made the same each and every time As such a high quality product built once will result in the same high quality product built over and over again due to the quality management systems in place For more information read Is Your Water Tank Built According to ISO 9001 Clark Tanks is committed to manufacturing quality poly products designed to meet the needs of rural and residential Australia If you have found this article helpful why not contact us today to discuss your needs Categories Buying Water Tanks Poly Water Tanks Water Tank Standards Tags as nz 4766 buyers guide cheap water tanks iso 9001 quality water tanks rainwater tanks Share Article Get a

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