Water storage tanks come is many different sizes, shapes colors and materials. The key factor that should be considered is the volume of water the storage tank can hold. This post will help you understand some of the factors that need to be considered to determine the size of the storage tank. If you are wondering if you even need a storage tank, check out some of our other posts including Do I Need a Water Storage Tank? and Cost Considerations of Plastic tanks.
In general we recommend that water storage tanks should be sized large enough to meet local fire code requirements plus an additional 2 days of water supply for your irrigation and household needs.
Rural homes that are not within reach of a city fire hydrant to have 2500 gallons of dedicated fire storage. New homes are required to have an additional ~800 gallons of water available for the fire sprinkler system. Right off the starting line a 3300 gallon tank is the minimum to build a new house if you are outside of the city limits. This doesn’t account for any actual water use for the house or landscaping and you don’t want to be dipping into your dedicate fire supply!
With the above requirements in mind we recommend a 5000 gallons of water storage as a baseline, leaving 1700 gallons of water as a buffer watering the yard and household uses. For large properties with significant landscaping and a large home we recommend a minimum of 10,000 gallons. For smaller properties and homes that don’t have to worry about fire considerations, 2500-3000 gallons is a common tank tank that will give you plenty of water for daily needs. Please contact us to discuss your particular situation and questions.
Tank material/construction considerations:
Plastic (HDPE) storage tanks can be obtained in many sizes, but the best price points are for plastic tanks that are 2500 gallons, 3000 gallons and 5000 gallons because they can be transported via road without any special permits and can be installed very quickly. As long as the same size is chosen, multiple plastic tanks can be used to increase storage capacity by placing the tanks side by side. Water Tank Supplier in Dubai stocks and installs these storage tanks, please contact us for pricing on tanks and installation.
Cement tanks are also a good option but must be installed by a qualified contractor to ensure they do not develop cracks or have other failures. Cement tanks are commonly available in 5,000 and 10,000 gallon configurations and, while fire resistant, cost significantly more than their plastic cousins.
The classic look of the ranch style corrugated steel tanks are yet another option and are often chosen for their aesthetic value when the only location for the storage tank is in highly visible location . They can be customized as to height and diameter. Custom linings or coatings can be applied to minimize corrosion-the biggest drawback that metal tanks face. Because of the custom nature of steel tank construction, costs are much higher than their plastic alternatives.
If you’re considering a water tank, please call one of our staff at +971 4 252 2966 to discuss the type and size of storage tank that would best meet your needs! You can also check our other blogs for other informative articles They will make an appointment with you to review your water needs, the water supply available from your well or spring, help you find a suitable location for a storage tank to be installed and help you through the entire process of ensuring a reliable and adequate water supply for your needs.