Modern concerns about water contamination and environmental damage mean that livestock farmers can no longer rely on streams, reservoirs and dugouts to provide adequate supplies of water for their animals, and virtually every livestock farm in Australia must make extensive use of stock watering systems to provide enough hydration for their cows, pigs, sheep and goats. Naturally, these watering systems require at least one tank to safely store water when not in use, and considering the prodigious water requirements of even a small herd, these tanks must be equally substantial.
10000 litre water tanks can be made from a number of materials, but polyethylene tanks are some of the most popular, and are commonly used as part of a stock watering systems. This popularity is well-earned, as these robust plastic tanks have a number of advantages over high-capacity tanks made of steel, aluminium or concrete.
What are the advantages of choosing a polyethylene tank for a stock watering system?
Polyethylene tanks might not be quite as durable as steel or concrete tanks, but they are still more than capable of holding the vast weight of large amounts of water, and can also withstand a significant beating from physical impacts. This is particularly important if your watering system's tank is exposed, as curious livestock can often cause accidental damage to less robust tanks.
Polyethylene tanks are cast from a single mould, and therefore have a seamless construction with no distinct weak points. This makes them exceptionally resistant to leaks, even after many years, and ensures that none of the valuable water you store is wasted; particularly handy during frequent summer droughts.
When empty, even the largest polyethylene tanks are remarkably lightweight. They can be transported to your farm and installed with minimal lifting equipment, saving you both time and money, and also do not require extensive foundations like heavier steel or concrete tanks.
One of the main problems with using steel tanks for stock watering systems is the constant danger of rust, and while modern steel tanks are coated in durable rustproof coatings, these coatings degrade over time and will eventually leave a steel tank vulnerable to corrosion. Polyethylene tanks are completely rustproof both inside and out, which allows them to be stored in outdoor, unsheltered locations with no protection from rain.
Since polyethylene tanks are highly resistant to leaks and completely resistant to rust, they require very little maintenance to retain structural integrity and keep your stored water sanitary. A simple cleaning of interior surfaces to remove sediment deposits and algal blooms is usually all that is required to keep your tank in working order and your water safe for your livestock.