5 essential features your underground tank should have in 2020

Posted on: 23 September 2020

With water storage being important for many different premises, the need for a water tank cannot be overemphasized. Underground water tanks are an innovative way of saving space without compromising on storage requirements. By installing your tank underneath the earth's surface, you can gain more storage capacity while requiring less maintenance.

Underground water tanks have also come a long way since they were first manufactured. When looking for a tank in 2020, here are five essential features they should have.  

1. A durable structure even while empty

Underground water tanks encounter lots of pressure from the surrounding environment. This is why you need a durable material that can withstand pressure from shifting soil layers, underground rock and varying water levels. In other words, your tank should be able to maintain its structure even while empty.

Some materials are more durable than others, with polyethylene and other reinforced plastics providing the most cost-effective options. Concrete and steel are also popular underground water tank materials but may require more maintenance than plastic.

2. Environmentally friendly material

Sustainability is an important goal for many different businesses. If you're looking to install a tank without leaching the soil or contaminating your underground water table, consider environmentally friendly materials. Reinforced plastics come with coatings that don't easily come off, while concrete made using minimal chemicals is also a reliable option.

You should also consider the materials being used for underground pipework and outlet plumbing. Your contractor can recommend the best materials to use for pipes, pumps and insulation.

3. Sensors that detect leaks

Technology has improved the efficiency of underground water tanks. You can now install leak, pressure and temperature sensors that help you detect unusual activity before the problem gets worse. For example, leak detectors help you identify damage to the tank (and slow leaks) before you experience a disruption in supply. Pressure and temperature sensors are also useful for optimising your water supply. After investing in the right equipment, you can set appropriate parameters to ensure that daily targets are being met.

4. Extended warranty

Installing an underground water tank is an important investment. This is why your contractor should provide a warranty for both the purchase and installation process. Warranties protect you against unexpected costs that may arise from manufacturer defects.

5. Outlet pumping mechanism

Your outlet pumping mechanism can significantly affect the productivity of your underground water tank. Some manufacturers offer outlet kits along with the purchase of a new tank, while others may provide valuable discounts that you can take advantage of. The idea is to purchase a compatible and cost-effective outlet pumping tool kit for your premises.