There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing a water tank, key among them being “Do you have the space to fit it?” As with most external home fixtures, your yard space generally determines that tank size that you can have. While this is true to some extent, there are a number of solutions that can be used to circumvent the yard space issue. Other factors need to be considered before deciding on the size of the water tank to purchase.
How big does your water tank have to be?
The simple answer to this question is that your needs determine the size of the water tank that you will require. If you require a water tank to store water that will be used to irrigate your greenhouse or to fill your pool, your water tank will have to be much larger than someone who requires a tank for simple domestic use. Take the time to understand your water needs before deciding on the type, and size, of tank to purchase. If you are connected to the water mains, average your monthly usage (as provided in your water bill) to have a more accurate estimate of your water needs.
You should also focus on your average rainfall when deciding on the water tank size. If you get regular rainfall, you can opt for a smaller tank since it will be refilled more often. With a less dependable rainfall cycle, even with minimal water needs, you will need a bigger tank in order to store water for use during the drier spells.
Finally, you need to consider the yard space that you have. The most popular option when it comes to water tanks is above ground tanks. These will be placed on your property at ground level. This means that if your yard space is limited, then you might have to settle for a much smaller water tank. But your yard space shouldn’t be the only deciding factor when it comes to deciding on the size of water tank to use. There are many options that you have to choose from when deciding on your water tank placement.
How can you fit a larger tank with limited yard space?
Underground water tanks
While your yard space might be otherwise occupied, you can opt to place your water tank(s) underground. This option only works if your yard space is not occupied by permanent structures. Most (if not all) permanent structures will require some sort of foundation to be dug into the ground which will make the space unusable for an underground tank. If your yard space is taken up by furniture, a small deck and other knick-knack, then you can dig below them and place your water tank. You will need a pumping system to push the water from the underground tank and into your plumbing system but the water pump costs have significantly reduced over the past few years. Most people prefer to have an underground water tank anyway due to the pleasant aesthetics. Unlike an above ground water tank, an underground water tank stays out of sight and leaves your yard free for other purposes.
Roof top water tank
Another option for those with limited yard space is a roof top water tank. As the name implies, the water tank will be placed on your roof thus bypassing the issue of yard space. The main problem with this type of placement is that it is more suitable for smaller tanks that will not affect the structural integrity of your roof once they are filled. Another drawback is that most people don’t like the ‘cluttered’ look on your roof that might affect the overall property aesthetics that you were going for. An advantage of a roof top tank is that you won’t need a pumping system since gravity will handle all the heavy lifting required to push the water into your household plumbing system.