Basic installation guidelines for vertical water tanks

water tank installation guidelines
Here are some guidelines that outline the steps for installing your vertical poly water tank – the principles apply to all sizes of tanks whether it is a 2500 litre water tank or a 20000 litre water tank.

  1. Decide where you want the tank. The position of the water tank on the property will depend on a number of factors. If the tank is to be used for rainwater harvesting, it will need to be installed on the lower side of the building to allow gravity to direct the rain in the gutters to the tank. Other factors include where your main plumbing lines enter the building, space considerations & aesthetics.
  2. Level & compact the ground. If the water tank is to be placed at ground level, the first step is to level the area and compact it in preparation for laying the concrete slab.
  3. Measure & cut shuttering.  Shuttering can be made from planks – this is to contain the concrete which will be poured in. Ensure that the slab’s dimensions will accommodate the tank and that the tank does not overlap the edges.
  4. Pour in the concrete. Pour concrete to a depth of at least 150mm (remember a full 10000 litre water tank weighs 10 tonnes!) and ensure the surface is level and smooth. The concrete should be allowed to set for around 2 days.
  5. Place the water tank on the slab. Place the tank on the centre of the concrete slab, taking care to ensure there are no stones or sharp objects underneath the tank.
  6. Tank stands. If the tank is to be raised above ground level, a steel tank stand is recommended. Follow the manufacturer’s installation guidelines for the concrete footings and ensure you have the means to lift the tank up onto the stand’s platform (a hoist or crane is sometimes required for the really big tanks).
  7. Connect the plumbing. If the tank is for a rainwater harvesting system, connect the downpipe from the gutter to the tank by cutting a hole in the top of the tank, ensuring that there are no gaps to allow debris and insects into the tank. A ‘first flush’ mechanism would usually be connected to reduce debris from the gutters entering the tank. Tanks used for other purposes (e.g. storing borehole water, municipal water) can be connected up to the building’s plumbing lines as appropriate. A booster pump may be required to increase the pressure of the water entering the building.

Water tank installation is not difficult but it does require some basic DIY skills and sometimes some extra manpower, especially where big tanks such as the 15000 litre or 20000 litre water tanks are concerned.

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