The Best Storage Stratgies

How to Test, Disinfect and Maintain Your Slimline Water Tank

by Elaine Johnson

If you live in an area which has limited water resources, you will find it very useful to have a water storage tank. Storage tanks come in a variety of sizes and materials, and when they are properly maintained, they can assist you even through the worst water crises. They also come in handy if you have a water well or borehole, but it yields low amounts of water and you need enough backup. With time, the tanks will accumulate dirt and grit, which makes cleaning and proper maintenance very important.

Preventing the entry of potential contaminants into the tanks

When the water warms up in the summer, the inside of the tank becomes a breeding ground for mould, algae and other microorganisms. If the tank is metallic, it will also accumulate rust, and all these foreign elements will affect the taste and cleanness of the water in the tank. The best way to keep these contaminants out of the tank is through the use of chemicals such as chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Chlorine is added to the water regularly and kills most of the pathogens which could be present in it.

Disinfecting the tank after contamination

If you realise that the water you are drinking is contaminated, you can get a disinfectant to clean the tank. The process is best carried out when all the water has been emptied from the tank. If the tank is small in size, you can start by scrubbing the entire inside with a brush and hot, soapy water. When the cleaning has been done, rinse out all of the soapy residue from inside the tank. Add fresh water to the tank and then add the bleach. Leave the bleach inside the tank or swirl it around for some time to clean it.

Protecting the tank openings from foreign bodies

It is important that you close all the openings where dirt and other contaminants may get into the water. Wire mesh and other traps are typically used to prevent the entry of any foreign bodies into the water. Closing the tank also protects the hatches and other important parts of the tank from interference.

These are some of the measures that you can take to ensure that the water in your slimline tanks is in excellent condition at all times. If you are not sure about the cleaning process, consult cleaning experts for the best cleaning and disinfecting solutions.