How to Install a Water Storage Tank


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For the average homeowner who’s looking to cut down on their water expenses, a water storage tank may be just the thing.

Perhaps the most obvious application is rainwater harvesting: You’d be surprised by how much water you can collect during the rainy seasons, which can provide you with just about all the water you’d need for gardening and lawn watering.

Pool owners and farmers can also benefit from water storage tanks — by collecting and storing water, you can ensure a continual supply for your pool as well as a reliable source of drinking water for your livestock.

But no matter how you plan on using your tank, you’ll want to be sure you take the time to install it properly for years of reliable use. Here’s a quick guide to help you get it right the first time.

Step 1: Prepare a Base for Your New Tank

As with most home improvement projects, getting a strong foundation is most important. To begin with, choose a location that’s conveniently situated near your garden, pool, or any other area that you plan on irrigating using your stored water.

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Running your overflow hose into a length of perf pipe can help disperse the water in a field, for example. This can avoid troughing the ground from the focused outflow and/or clogging at the overflow hose outlet (ie during winter when extra irrigation water is not needed). For example, I insert my overflow hose end about 6” into an open section of 4” rigid perf pipe, (holes facing down)

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