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Reservoirs for agriculture

The importance of storing water in water tanks and reservoirs for agriculture

Why water tanks?

Having one or more water tanks on your farm will ensure:

1. You have clean water in times of drought or other emergencies like fires or flooding

2. You can regulate your water usage and reduce your water waste

3. You can plan your water resources more effectively in times of uncertainty

The importance of water on agriculture in general

Alongside Nitrogen and Oxygen, Water is the most valuable resource in the agricultural process. It serves as the carrier of life to all the farms’ production resources. 

When it is plentiful, we assume it will last forever. When it is in short supply, it jeopardizes the financial and general sustainability of a farm and every household on it.

For this reason, a farm’s water should be protected, managed, and utilized in the most effective and maintainable manner possible.

The advantages of water tanks over dams

Water tanks are a vital component in a farm’s water storage mix and are not exclusive to household use. While dams can store water for a farm on a large scale, they need to be supported by good water tanks to ensure there is drinkable and high-quality water too. 

Water tanks are more affordable and cost-efficient than before and used as a backup water reserve to dams for resources that require a consistent and precise water supply.

Not only are tanks less likely to lose water through leakage, but they are also more ergonomic than a dam. They can be scaled vertically, which allows you to store more water on every square meter of your farm. 

1. Clean water

Water tanks can secure clean, potable (‘drinkable’) water when the quality of your farms’ water is at risk. The lack of available drinking water has historically decimated previous civilizations. 

Although water storage has improved since then, pressure on public services has increased. Many farmers and other citizens are no longer relying upon governments entirely for their clean water.

You must ensure you are covered. Water tanks are an essential measure in ensuring that you are.

2. Regulate your water usage

Getting water to the right agricultural resource with the least amount of waste is critical in maintaining the profitability of your farm. Where dams can regulate non-potable water to resources, water tanks do so where resources require better quality water. 

Unlike damns, however, water tanks can be placed in strategically suitable places to ensure that water distribution occurs in the most cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable way.

3. Plan your water resources

Droughts and other disasters impacting the availability of water on your farm are hard to predict. Although we cannot guarantee when they will occur, we know they will. 

Being in a position to plan your resources is only possible when there is a sufficient buffer of available water during a time of disaster. Water tanks help you plan your water-dependent resources. Water tanks are in your control, whereas the water provided as a public service is not.

How do you install a water tank?

If you are curious about water tanks or installing one, please contact Oasis Water Tanks (manufactured by Rainbow Reservoirs) or visit their website https://www.oasistanks.co.za.