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  • Stock Water Tanks and Troughs are Better
    water can quickly evaporate rainwater can be stored in stock water tanks for dryer seasons as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology Two Canadian studies Williams et al in 2002 and Lardner et al in 2005 revealed a clear link between water quality and cattle weight gain That is increase water quality lead to increased weight gain in stock This is mostly attributed to the palatability of the water which encouraged the cattle to drink more enabling them to eat greater amounts of feed This lead to the cattle with cleaner water gaining more weight Taking the Water to Livestock It was also found that when dam water was pumped to a trough cattle gained more weight suggesting that cattle might prefer to drink from a trough and avoid entering a dam So rather than letting stock drink direct from dammed surface water it would be better to give stock direct access by piping the water to livestock troughs While it might be more costly to setup a stock water system transporting water around a farm through a reticulation system improves production Once a suitable watering system is in place you can also match your grazing system with the drinking needs of your stock according to the season and the amount of feed provided Key Benefits of Reticulating Water to Troughs Providing water to stock in a trough improves water quality since livestock are not entering their drinking water Studies show stock prefer to drink out of a trough as the water is cleaner more palatable and usually easier to access When stock drink more water they eat more food which leads to higher weight gains Reticulating water throughout the farm and to troughs allows pasture utilisation to be better managed and used for improved grazing Clark Tanks manufactures a

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  • 'Troughs' Tagged Articles - Knowledge Base - Clark Tanks
    General Information BASIX Building Sustainability Stock Water Tank Projects Why Poly Water Tanks What s a Better Water Tank Which Water Tank Supplier About Us Testimonials Clark Tanks World Class Design Build Value Contact Us Clark Tanks in Queensland Clark Tanks in Victoria Clark Tanks in NSW Get a Quote Home Knowledge Base Tagged Articles Troughs Articles tagged Troughs Stock Water Tanks and Troughs are Better If you are a livestock producer then ensuring quality water for your stock is of high priority Research shows that cattle provided with fresher water will drink more eat more and ultimately gain weight more quickly Dams are often a main source of water for livestock They can be a great way of capturing and Read Article Categories Stock Water Planning Tags farm water livestock stock water troughs Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South Qld North Qld VIC TEST Postcode How can we help you Article Search Search Browse by Topic Buying Water Tanks Farm Water Planning Government Compliance Poly Storage Tanks Poly Water Tanks Stock Water Planning Tank Accessories Tank Maintenance Tanks Made From Victoria Water Quality Water Tank Installation Water Tank Maintenance Water Tank Standards Article Tags aquaplate water tanks as nz 4766 base preparation buyers guide cheap water tanks chemical tanks farm water galvanised steel water tanks groundwater industrial tanks iso 9001 livestock manufacturing mosquitoes poly tanks potable water primary industries private dams quality water tanks rainwater rainwater tanks rules regulations rural water salinity small water tanks stainless steel water tanks steel water tanks stock water stormwater surface water sustainable water tank accessories fittings tank foundations tank installation tank maintenance uv stabilisation water carting water diverter water quality water sources water storage water tank colours water tank comparisons water tank plumbing water tank

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  • Carting in Stock Water for Drought Preparation
    For example the cost of carted water in NSW is about 13 50 per kilolitre based on an 11 500 litre load costing 155 While you may be eligible for a freight subsidy on transport costs the overall cost of carting water is still extremely high When it comes to livestock such as cattle or sheep buying subsidised water can add an extra 20 35 percent to the costs of full hand feeding Proper planning for drought can allow you to calculate whether it is more worthwhile to sell off more animals rather than purchase the extra water required to maintain them Also note that carted water is best stored in a water storage tank rather than a dam this keeps the water quality higher and reduces loss due to seepage or evaporation Government Drought Relief Subsidies The following state government schemes provide subsidies to property owners who need to transport water to their farms to sustain their livestock Queensland Drought Relief Assistance Scheme DRAS offers a 50 subsidy to cover transport of water for livestock NSW Transport Assistance for Animal Welfare offers a 50 subsidy to cover water cartage for livestock managed by the Rural Assistance Authority RAA Is Carting Water Due to Poor Planning There is a thought that if a property runs out of water that the farmer is to blame for not having an adequate water plan in place or choosing the wrong land Little sympathy is shown because the farmer should have known better So if they need to pay more for having water trucked in then that is seen as mismanagement on their part The reasons for running out of water can be quite varied and be due to the harsh Australian climate water trading laws or unforeseen circumstances that making planning difficult In fact carting in water can be part of wise water planning Proactively keeping track of weather conditions means you can plan to purchase water ahead of time to be carted in and stored in stock water tanks before the worst of a drought hits This was seen in March 2015 when The Weekly Times reported that farmers throughout South Australian western Victoria the west coast of Tasmania and parts of southern NSW faced severe rain shortages Changes to water trading rules in the Murray Darling Basin Plan in 2014 meant farmers had to plan for water to be carted in This was required throughout Victoria especially in the Wedderburn Inglewood district for household use and to keep stock alive Good farm water planning can mean carting in water Of course it is better to have a local water supply such as rainwater dam water or bores but good planning sometimes means having the foresight to plan for carting water in due to changing weather or government regulations Clark Tanks work closely with many farmers to supply reliable water storage with fittings appropriate to your water source and usage If you have found this article helpful why not contact us today

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  • Protecting Your Rainwater Tank Against Mosquitoes
    and swollen joints The symptoms usually resolve after several days but some people may experience these symptoms for weeks or even months Given the health risks associated with mosquitoes in many areas throughout Australia you are required to keep your water tank mosquito proof Failing to do so can result in on the spot fines Some basic measures that you can take to protect your rainwater tank and property being a breeding ground for mozzies include Installing mosquito proof screens and strainers with a mesh size of 1mm or less on outlets overflows and any other tank entry points screens should be made of brass copper aluminium or stainless steel and installed in a way that does not cause corrosion Using flap valves which can stop mosquitoes passing through openings when closed Ensure your screens and strainer are fitted tightly and are without rips holes and defects Repair straight away if damaged Inspect and clean your first flush device every 3 months Inspect your tank and rainwater every 6 months Look for sources of open water in cans pot plants buckets lids bins tyre rims and the like and tip them out to destroy external breeding grounds You can also treat the water in your rainwater tank to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs and to kill any larvae that may already be present Clark Tanks can provide a range of accessories with your water tank to secure your rainwater tank against mosquitoes If you are interested in a water tank or would like further information then call or email us our friendly staff would be happy to talk with you Categories Tank Maintenance Water Tank Installation Tags mosquitoes tank maintenance water quality water storage Share Article Get a Free Quote Enter your name Phone number Email address Region NSW South

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  • Stainless Steel Water Tanks vs Poly Tanks
    will still corrode from the salty air and if placed in sea water Nonetheless the strength and durability of stainless steel makes it an often desirable yet expensive option Due to its expense it is normally used in products where both the strength of steel and corrosion resistance are required So we see stainless steel used in products like kitchen sinks cooking vats or rainwater tanks 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 Stainless Steel Compared Price Stainless steel tanks are usually the most expensive tanks to buy up to double to price of a poly tank depending upon seller size and style Sizes Larger sized stainless steel tanks can be manufactured up to around 250 000 litres 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 Stainless steel 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 the strength of stainless steel tanks depend upon how well they are manufactured with the stainless steel sheets being joined together and attached to the base 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 Stainless steel while highly stain resistant can still be stained and receive corrosion in the form of pitting Depending upon the grade stainless steel should be kept away from chlorine and salty sea water Furthermore corrosion can occur at the joints rivets or screws with possible dangerous repercussions on your water quality Incorrect welding can also neutralise the protective element in the stainless steel allowing rust

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  • Galvanised Steel Water Tanks vs Poly Tanks
    rainwater tank if steel is of the same quality metal There should be no mixing of any ZINCALUME steel with galvanised steel or vice versa Today galvanised steel tanks come with an inner poly lining This provides additional protection to the steel tank from the rainwater stored within causing rust and corrosion It also helps to prevent leaks at welded joints which can be a weak point in steel tanks and a cause for water leaks The inner poly lining in galvanised steel tanks also stops zinc leaching into your rainwater which can give your water an unpleasant metallic taste 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 Galvanised Steel Compared Price thickly coated galvanised steel tanks are quite a bit more expensive than poly water tanks about a 30 increase in cost depending upon seller size and style Sizes Larger sized steel tanks up to around 250 000 litres are normally 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 Galvanised 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 deck underground and some can be partially buried below the surface Strength Steel might be harder than plastic but an inner poly lining required with a galvanised 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 galvanised steel should be kept away from moisture and chemical agents and other substances to protect against corrosion Poly tanks that are UV stabilised will withstand the Sun and plastic also obviously does not

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  • AQUAPLATE Steel Water Tanks vs Poly Tanks
    m2 of zinc Different finishes are available for the exterior side and the inner side is again coated with a thin poly layer to help protect the steel from water corrosion What makes AQUAPLATE steel is the paper thin interior coating of food grade polyethylene which is about one fifth of a millimetre in thickness 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 AQUAPLATE Steel Compared Price AQUAPLATE steel tanks are often a bit more expensive than poly water tanks with about a 25 increase in cost depending upon seller size and style Sizes Larger sized steel tanks can be purchased whereas poly tanks are only available up to around 50 000 litres but can be joined together Styles Both tanks are available in a range of colours and in round and slimline models 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 the thin inner poly lining with AQUAPLATE can be easily damaged during installation or cleaning which then allows corrosion to occur and or voids warranty Poly tanks are much more impact resistant where hard objects like a hammer will literally bounce off whereas steel tanks will become dented and require repair Corrosion Resistance AQUAPLATE cannot come into direct 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 Warranty Depends upon the model of tank but AQUAPLATE steel often carries a 20 year warranty and

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  • Steel Water Tanks: Galvanised Steel, Zincalume®, Stainless Steel, Aquaplate®
    What makes the steel stainless is the amount of chromium present and how uniformly it is mixed into the steel Chromium is a hard white metal Steel that contains a low level of chromium or chromium that has not been uniformly mixed into it may still be vulnerable to corrosion If the stainless steel is truly stainless then contamination can occur from a number of other factors For example rust can occur on stainless steel if ordinary steel is rubbed off against it Welding can also release traces of iron rich material that then rusts An investigation by the Public and Environment Health Services in Tasmania found water contained in some stainless steel tanks possessing high levels of lead Lead is toxic to our bodies and is especially harmful to the development of young children In this case lead was used in the solders which then corroded against the stainless steel releasing high levels of lead into the stored water Poly Lined Steel Aquaplate is a material developed by Bluescope Steel for specific use in water tanks During the manufacturing process a tough internal food grade two ply polymer lining is bonded to the steel This stops water coming into contact with the steel to help prevent rust and corrosion Most steel water tanks come with an internal food grade poly lining for greater corrosion protection however the difference with Aquaplate is that this poly lining is added during the manufacturing process The poly lining also helps to prevent the unpleasant metallic taste of water in steel tanks Care must be taken when installing and cleaning poly lined tanks to ensure they are not damaged Scratches to the poly lining can introduce many points of weakness so if damaged then it needs to be repaired immediately to prevent rust and corrosion According to BlueScope Steel s guidelines amongst other things Aquaplate steel must also not come into contact with copper kerosine cannot be used as an anti mosquito measure and stored water cannot be in excess of 65 degrees Celsius Conclusion There are obviously many types of steel water tanks The three most important deciding factors is Safety the quality of water for drinking purposes Lifetime how long the steel tank will last and be able to withstand corrosion Price how much the particular tank will cost All steel tanks can be safe for drinking purposes but we recommend testing be performed especially to test for lead should your tank not be put together entirely right as in the case of some stainless steel tanks that were soldered with lead Lifetime a properly fabricated stainless steel tank would win since they can withstand corrosion however that also generally comes with a hefty price tag Some tout being able to recycle or sell off the stainless steel however will you benefit from this or the new owners of your property In order of Aquaplate Zincalume and galvanised are your next by way of water tank lifetime Zincalume is like a middle

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