Cistern Tanks For Every Day Preparedness

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Cistern Tanks For Every Day Preparedness

Rainwater harvesting is an environmentally friendly way to harness a free resource. Capturing the rainwater as it falls from the sky lets homeowners rely less on city water or their well for drinking, bathing, or watering their gardens. This article will look at cisterns – the above or below ground tanks we use to capture rainwater. What is a water cistern and how can it save you money and keep you better prepared for drought or other unexpected occurrences?

What is a Cistern Tank?

A cistern tank is a storage tank for water or other liquids. We use them to gather, store and use rainwater. Rain Brothers installs these tanks for homeowners and businesses all over the Midwest.

Water cisterns date back to BC when farmers in dry areas build underground catchment systems for rainwater harvesting. In Europe, castles were built with cisterns and the Romans built these into their city infrastructures.

Today, water cisterns have regained their popularity, especially as drought conditions have worsened and water bills have increased.

How Do Water Cisterns Work?

Think of cisterns like an oversized rain barrel. Designed to capture rainwater, these big units are often connected to the gutters on a home or business. Cistern tanks can be stored in a basement, underground, or beside a home or office. The rainwater harvesting process can include:

  • Filtration for human consumption.
  • Irrigation to water gardens and greenhouses.
  • Using them as a water reserve for emergency firefighting.

The point is that rainwater is a free resource and cistern tanks were designed to help humans capture, conserve, and make use of it.

What Type of Cisterns Are There?

A cistern can be above ground or below ground. They all typically have some sort of piping system to get the water from the tank to where you need it. Some tanks use gravity to naturally pipe the liquid where you want it; others have irrigation lines and pumps that use electricity to move the water.

Some of the types of cistern tanks that can be installed include:

  • Poly or plastic water tanks can be placed above or below ground. These tanks are most often made of darker materials, which limits the amount of algae growth in the tank by helping block sunlight.
  • Fiberglass tanks are both more durable and more expensive. They can be used in almost any environment.
  • Cement cisterns are often hand-designed and built underground as a rainwater harvesting system that is built right into a new or existing home.
  • Steel tanks are usually used in commercial settings but for the homeowners interested in long-term durability, these are a great option.

    Cistern tanks ultimately save businesses and homeowners on their utility bills, as the rainwater harvesting offsets their consumption of city water.
  • Staying Prepared with Rainwater Harvesting

    The news is full of stories of water polluted, severe droughts, and worldwide water shortages. CNN reports that 3.4 billion people every year are affected by a lack of fresh water.

    Harvesting rainwater in a water cistern makes sense when we now know that water is not an infinite resource. Within the context of a global water shortage, rainwater harvesting helps us stay better prepared for what happens next.

    Contact Rain Brothers for more information on rainwater harvesting.

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