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Commercial Water Tank: Comparing Above vs Below Ground Installation

by Jennifer Jones

There are multiple benefits of installing a water tank on your commercial premises. The structure will help you harvest rainwater, reducing your demand for public water supply. As a result, you can minimise your long-term water expenses in your operation. Also, the use of tanks promotes sustainability and reduces runoff in the property. If you decide to invest in a water tank, you must evaluate your installation options before commissioning the project. Here are some critical considerations to help you choose between the two primary options: below-ground and above-ground installations. 

Availability of Space

You should evaluate the amount of space available in your commercial property when deciding between below-ground and above-ground tank installation. In general, the latter option is more favourable than the alternative because the process is inexpensive. Therefore, if you have some free space on your property, this is the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you have limited space for your commercial use, you should choose below-ground tanks. After all, purchasing additional land for a water tank is not economically feasible, and acquisition might be difficult in populated areas. You can install the tank below your driveway, parking area or other structures.

Climatic Conditions

You should consider the local climate before making your decision on tank installation. If you reside in an area with harsh weather conditions which could cause damage to the structure, then below-ground setup is the ideal choice. In simple terms, an above-ground tank will continuously be exposed to heavy rains, ultraviolet radiation and extreme temperatures which could accelerate tank damage. If the tank is beneath the ground, it will be shielded from these adversities. However, you should remember that this structure will be affected by the pressure exerted after being buried. Therefore, an underground tank must have a rigid construction and high strength for optimal performance. 

Maintenance and Repair

Commercial tanks will require periodic maintenance to ensure that the structure performs as expected. Negligence will lead to accelerated degradation of the water. Also, the container can sustain damage, whether it is installed below or above the ground. Immediate repairs will be necessary. Above-ground tanks are more accessible than alternatives, so the process of servicing is straightforward. On the other hand, a buried tank can be difficult to access, so a high level of expertise will be required. 


Finally, you should evaluate your budget for the installation process. Below-ground tanks will demand excavation of the ground and probably a pump. Therefore, the total project costs will be higher than the above-ground choice.