Slimline tanks provide a cost-effective and convenient method of storing water for use when supply runs low. In fact, with a slimline tank, you can become completely independent of municipal water and reduce your overall utility bills.
Slimline rainwater tanks are typically smaller and easier to install than round-bottom tanks. While they're not likely to become contaminated, there is always the risk of the water reservoir being penetrated by birds, pests, leaves and other foreign items.
It is important to take precautions against having the water in your slimline tank becoming contaminated. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Control access to the tank
The first step is to keep the tank secure from unauthorized access. This is particularly important in commercial premises such as industrial properties. If using a standalone slimline tank, make sure it's secured from outside access.
You can also design a fence around the tank or install a surveillance system such as alarms and cameras. A fence that can't be easily penetrated by intruders should surround slimline tanks that are attached to the side of a building.
2. Prevent long periods of stagnant water
Stagnant water can begin to separate into distinct layers in the tank over time. This will lead to water that is separated by temperature and acidic conditions, which can affect people who consume it. The water in the tank should be circulated regularly to ensure that stagnation doesn't occur.
In addition, stagnant water can harbour foreign items such as leaves, birds and insects. Ensure that your slimline tank has an inlet pipe at the bottom so the incoming supply can stir up and mix with the rest of the water in the tank.
3. Clean the tank regularly
Slimline tanks need regular cleaning to remove foreign particles, dirt and debris. Without regular cleaning, sediment will accumulate at the bottom or along the walls of the tank. This will contaminate your water supply and eventually reduce the lifespan of the tank itself.
To clean your slimline tank, have professionals detach the tank from the main supply and inspect it for rust or any foreign items. It should also be sprayed down to remove dirt and debris.
4. Keep the tank sealed
A common mistake most people make is to keep the tank open. Ensure that the tank is always sealed when in use. The lid should be properly locked, and inlet/outlet pipes shouldn't have wide openings that pests can use to enter.