Leaving your water storage tank uncovered can lead to several potential issues: Here are 7 reasons why you must cover your water storage tank
Open water storage tanks are vulnerable to various types of contamination. Dust, debris, leaves, insects, and even small animals can fall into the tank, compromising the water quality. This can result in the growth of harmful bacteria, algae, and other pathogens, making the water unsafe for consumption.
2. Microbial Growth:
Without proper covering, sunlight can enter the tank, promoting the growth of algae and other microorganisms. These can multiply and thrive in the water, leading to taste and odour issues and potentially impacting the overall quality of the water.
3. Mosquito Breeding:
Stagnant water in uncovered tanks provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in the water, leading to an increase in mosquito populations and potentially spreading diseases like malaria, dengue, and Zika virus.
4. Loss of Water Quality:
Even if not contaminated, uncovered water can be subject to evaporation, which can concentrate minerals and impurities in the water, leading to a decrease in water quality.
5. Temperature Changes:
Uncovered water is exposed to temperature changes, which can lead to growth of microorganisms or impact the efficiency of certain water treatments (e.g., chlorine disinfection).
6. Safety Risks:
Open water tanks pose a safety risk, especially if they are not properly secured. People and animals can accidentally fall into the tank, resulting in injury or drowning.
7. Poor Visuals:
Dust, leaves, and debris in the water can make it visually unappealing and unpleasant to use.
To avoid these problems, it’s important to cover your water storage tank properly. A securely fitting lid or cover can help keep contaminants out, prevent evaporation, and reduce the risk of various health and safety issues.
We recommend you use a screw over cover and not a lockable cover. The lockable tanks leave a bit of space allowing insects to get in.
Regular maintenance, cleaning, and periodic water testing are also crucial to ensure the water’s safety and quality.