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What is a Water Storage Tank? Do I Need One?

By January 8, 2021No Comments

What is a water storage tank?

Water storage tanks are used for many different reasons, but one of the more popular reasons is because of a low or fluctuating yield from a well system. Water storage tanks can also be used to collect rainwater, store water purified by reverse osmosis, and more!

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The main thing you need to know is that a water storage tank allows you to have clean water stored until you need it.
Water storage tanks come in lots of different sizes and configurations so it’s best to do your research before investing in one.


There are two main types of water storage tanks:


Pressure water storage tanks utilize compressed air to create pressure in the tank. Pressure tanks are usually designed with an air chamber or bladder to help create that pressure. As the water storage tank fills up with water, it will also begin to compress air. The pressure created within the tank help push the water in the storage tanks to your water-using appliances in your house. Because of their design, pressure tanks can pressurize without the use of a pump.


Unlike pressure water storage tanks, atmospheric tanks do not use any bladders or air chambers to create pressure within the tank. Atmospheric tanks can hold water at something that is called ambient pressure. Ambient pressure is the pressure that surrounds a medium without encountering it. In this case, the medium is the water. To get the water from an atmospheric water tank, you will need a pump.

Reasons you may want to consider using a water storage tank

  • Protect the environment.

Did you know that clean water is one of the most quickly depleting resources on the planet? Water conservation is important and water storage tanks can allow you to do that more easily.

  • Emergency preparedness.

Water shortages and disasters can strike at any time, so it’s a good idea to have safe drinking water readily available. Before doing this, make sure to thoroughly research storing water for long periods of time to ensure that the water is safe to drink when you need it.

  • Save money.

Having a water storage tank is a great way to cut down on water expenses.

Please note: Some local governments have restrictions on water collection, so we recommend checking with local authorities before starting water collection.

How to Hook Up A Water Storage Tank

Ready to install your new water storage tank? Installation varies, but here are a few things to keep in mind when installing a water storage tank.

  1. A solid foundation is key.
    You’ll want to make sure that the ground where you put your water storage tank is free of any rocks or objects that can puncture the water storage tank. Some water storage tank owners will pour a concrete slab for their tank to sit on.
  2. Install fill pipes
    You’ll want to make sure that you properly install any fill pipes that your water storage tank needs.

Want to peace of mind that your water storage system is ready for filtered water distribution? The WaterBasics Emergency Pump Filter Kit is something that you’ll want to have on hand! This emergency water pump kit was designed to be ready to use in any emergency. Just attach the hand pump and hose to your container or barrel and it’s ready to use.

This emergency water pump meets NSF/ANSI and EPA standards and will remove the following contaminants from the water:

  • Chlorine
  • Odor
  • Taste
  • Chemicals
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses

Good for filtering up to 120 gallons of water, this must-have in case of an emergency water pump is designed with filter media that suppresses the growth of mildew, mold, fungus, algae, and bacteria with its Miraguard™ Antimicrobial technology.



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