If you live in an area that has little rainfall, and the weather conditions make water a prized commodity, then you might consider purchasing a rainwater tank. A rainwater tank is an enclosure used to store the runoff from recent rainfall. Many dry, arid cities place a limit on how much can be used for anything other than bathing or ingestion. Additionally, the monthly cost of water will be more expensive in such climates. Using rainwater to supplement your water usage will help reduce your water bill, and utilise more water. If you’ve decided to use a rainwater tank, then the next decision involves choosing a material. Most rainwater tanks are made out of plastic or concrete.
Plastic rainwater tanks are the cheaper of the two, and generally easier to install because of their light weight. Concrete tanks are heavier, and require more labor to install because of the heavy nature of concrete.
At first glance, plastic tanks seem like an optimal solution for a home or business looking to install a rainwater tank. The truth, however, is that tanks made out of concrete are a superior investment. The simple fact is that concrete tanks are far more durable. If you choose to install your tank above ground, concrete will not warp or be compromised by the elements as easily as plastic will. The integrity of concrete is also far superior to plastic, and is far less likely to leak, preventing costly repairs.
In the short term, concrete may be more trouble to implement than plastic, but the investment is worth the trouble. Concrete’s extreme durability and structural integrity is preferred for a variety of private and business uses. Save yourself the possibility of having to repair a plastic rainwater system by installing a concrete rainwater tank.