Rainwater Harvesting: Three Crucial Tips for Keeping Your Tank Clean

The cleanliness of your 10000 litre water tank will have a significant impact on the quality of your rainwater. If the container is neglected and the right maintenance practices are ignored, your tank will accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. As a result, the quality of water will decline, making the stored liquid unsuitable for agricultural or household use. Therefore, you should be diligent in protecting your tank and promoting correct upkeep to ensure the safety and health of your collected rainwater. Here are some essential tips to help you keep the storage tank clean for better water quality. 

Place a Suitable Leaf Strainer

You should purchase and install a leaf strainer over your tank to protect the water from external debris. Often, the water quality in these storage containers is compromised because of the foreign materials which find their way into the liquid. For example, if leaves fall into the water, they will start rotting inside the tank. A foul smell will develop, and the water will become discoloured. In addition, the chemical properties of the water will change, making the rainwater hazardous. When you install a high-quality strainer, you will prevent these water quality problems. Also, you will minimise the build-up of sediment at the bottom of the container.

Wash the Tank Interior

Your tank will become dirty with time even if you install a leaf strainer and a tank cover. Therefore, you must be prepared to wash the interior surfaces to limit the impact of sediment build-up. Under ideal circumstances, you should hire an expert to wash the container because working in confined spaces can be dangerous for an amateur. There are different cleaning methods that you can choose for your rainwater tank. For the best results, you should check your tank manufacturer's recommendations. One of the best options is power washing using a high-pressure jet. This process detaches build-up and algae from walls, floors and ceilings. Unfortunately, this method necessitates tank drainage. Alternatively, you can choose removal of sediment using a suction pump.

Clear the Harvesting Network

Finally, you should make sure that your rainwater harvesting channels are clean. A lot of dirt can flow from your roof and the gutter and into your storage tank. If the collected water is dirty, the potential uses will be limited. You can avoid this detriment by making time to clear the gutters and sweep the roof before the rainy season. You should also consider using a gutter guard to protect the harvesting channel from further contamination.