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Water Tank Installation

Water Tank Installation Overview

Steel Water Tank Installation

Many people around the word have unreliable access to clean water, which requires them to install liquid storage tanks in order to sufficient clean and potable water supply for their needs.

When you need over 50,000 litres of water storage, steel rainwater tanks are the most practical solution for your water harvesting needs. This is because they're not only stronger than poly water tanks, but also store much more water, and last for longer. They'er also designed to withstand even the harshest of conditions. Pioneer Water Tank's patented 8-80 V-Lock® panel profile reinforces your water tank, and combined with our AQUALINER FRESH® tank liner; ensures your water stays fresher for longer 

Installing a steel water tank does require some preparation however, needing to be installed correctly in order to maintain the structural integrity of the tank in the long run.


Before most water tanks can be installed, a stable sand pad foundation must be prepared.  Here are some important things to consider when selecting your tank site and preparing the pad:

  • 1
    The sand pad must be level, stable and free of debris prior to construction.
  • 2
    For an effective water tank installation, the sand pad must be at least two metres larger than the diameter of your tank.
  • 3
    For sloping tank sites, ensure adequate drainage to divert run off away from the tank wall.
  • 4
    Aggregate must be placed around the circumference of your tank to stop erosion and comply with warranty conditions*.
  • 5
    A retaining wall may be required to maintain pad integrity**.
  • 6
    Your tank should not be left empty for an extended period of time. A minimum load of water (10% of tank capacity) should be placed in your tank at the completion of construction.

* Check with your local distributor to see if they can provide this additional service. If not, you will need to make sure this is appropriately applied after water tank installation yourself.
** 1,000 litres of stored water weighs 1,000kgs (1 tonne).

Although a properly prepared sand pad will minimise the risk of contaminants or debris compromising your water supply, Pioneer Water Tanks also recommends installing a geotextile membrane for added protection.

Installation Diagram
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