Whether you’re trying to save a few dollars or protect the environment, a rainwater collection tank is a worthwhile investment. With built-in filtration systems and advanced distribution options, they lower water bills while reducing water consumption up to 40%. Filtered rainwater can be used for everything from flushing toilets to watering your garden, and there are several different options to choose from.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you should look for when shopping for a water collection tank:
- Material: Water collection tanks are made from several different materials, including plastic, ceramic, wood, stone, and metal. The most popular tanks are plastic because they’re affordable, easy to install, and easy to find. Ceramic, wood, and stone tanks are easier to include in outdoor decor. They often resemble large urns or planters, and it’s possible to choose styles to match the rest of your home’s aesthetic design. Each kind of tank fulfills the same purpose, and choosing the right one will depend on your budget and style.
- Filtration Systems: There are two main options for water purification: pre-filtration and post-filtration. With pre-filtration, water is filtered before it enters the tank. If you plan on using your collected rainwater for irrigation only, a pre-filtration system will fit your needs. But if you intend on using the water indoors, you’ll need a post-filtration system. These systems filter water to a much lower number of microns, meaning the water comes out cleaner.
- Distribution: Once the rainwater is in the tank, you’ll need to get it out using either a hand pump, electric pump, or spigot. Most tanks available to homeowners feature spigots where garden hoses can be easily attached. Pumps are often required for larger tanks used for agricultural and irrigation purposes.
With so many options, you’ll find a water collection tank to suit your specific needs and budget. Anderson Water Systems in Rochester, NY, specializes in all things water, and their experts will help you make the right investment. Call (800) 836-2509 to schedule a consultation or learn more about water filtration systems.