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Tank You Kindly: Is Concrete the Right Material for Your New Rainwater Collection Tank?

by Dan Owens

With the Earth's natural resources becoming more valuable and thin on the ground every day, it's no surprise that many homeowners, farmers and commercial businesses choose to reduce their water consumption by installing a rainwater collection system. When properly designed and installed, a rainwater collection system can dramatically reduce the amount of mains water your building or business operation uses, with the accumulated rainwater finding uses from watering crops to flushing toilets.

However, any rainwater collection system needs a tank to store water in when it is not needed, and the material your tank is made from can spell the difference between an efficient collection system and a leaky, expensive eyesore. Consequently, many rainwater collection systems put their trust in the immense durability of concrete tanks, and these redoubtable tanks have a number of advantages tanks made from concrete that other materials cannot hope to match.

What are the advantages of choosing a concrete rainwater collection tank?


Concrete's incredible durability and longevity has seen it used in water and plumbing systems since the days of Ancient Rome, and it is no less useful today. A concrete water collection tank can last for decades with barely any maintenance, and it is practically immune to everything the elements can throw at it, including high winds and even the occasional lightning strike. Concrete tanks also do not rust like some metal tanks, and they do not perish in intense UV light, a problem inherent in some varieties of plastic tanks.

Discourages algae growth

Because concrete is so thick and impervious to light, a concrete tank with a suitably tight-fitting lid allows virtually zero sunlight into the chamber where your accumulated water is stored. This makes concrete water tanks excellent for users who wish to avoid algal blooms, the growths of unpleasant, unsanitary plant life that can appear when stored freshwater is exposed to sunlight.


A wide variety of concrete water tanks can be purchased 'off the shelf', so you should be able to quickly find a tank with the right size, strength and internal capacity for your needs. However, concrete tanks can also be built to order if your water tank needs are more specific, and the concrete can be poured into practically any shape or size you require. This makes them particularly useful if you have limited space to place a water collection tank in (such as between buildings), allowing you to contour the shape of your tank to the space available.

Ideal for underground use

If you intend to store your water collection tank in a subterranean location, concrete is hard to beat. The sheer strength and thickness of concrete tanks walls means that they can often be buried without the need to pack gravel or aggregate around the base and walls of the tank, which is often necessary to protect weaker tanks from collapsing.

For more information on water tank installation, contact a local service.