When Would You Need a Potable Water Tank?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on December 7, 2020.

Potable tanks offer a variety of benefits for homeowners who live in remote areas. But when do you need a potable tank and how can it help? Read on to find out more. 

What is a potable tank?

A potable tank is a storage unit able to hold thousands of litres of rainwater that can be drunk by humans. 

But with so much water able to be stored in the tank it can also be put to use for many other things around the home, such as house cleaning and washing up. 

When shopping around for potable tank be sure to look out for products that are approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS). If not, then you could be purchasing a non-potable tank, which is not designed to contain drinkable water. 

When would you need a potable tank?

Not all properties built are connected to a water mains connection. While most homes around the UK are connected via a water company, there are some who have to rely on alternative sources. 

Residential properties in urban areas are typically connected to a mains supply, as are commercial buildings. This also applies to most towns and villages, although the more remote the property is, the less likely it is to be connected.

Where a property is not connected it will usually have a private supply line. In most cases this will come via a natural source such as a well, spring or borehole. 

This is when use of a potable water tank becomes important, as it allows people living in regions that are not connected to the mains supply to still have a clean and healthy source of water on tap. Local authorities will be responsible for this type of supply rather than water companies.

What are the benefits of a potable tank?

Some of the main benefits of installing a potable tank include:

Instant source of water

Investing in a potable tanks means that no matter where you decide to build a new home you have constant access to a supply of clean water. There are a variety of sizes available to suit the needs of your home, with anywhere from 1,500 to 10,000 litres available with the GRAF range.

Helps the environment 

Using a potable water tank reduces the strain on the main water supply, lowering your carbon footprint and creating a positive impact on the environment. It also means your water bills are likely to be lower too.

Increased property value

A property that features a potable water tank is an attractive proposition to potential buyers. This means they do not have to worry about organising a water supply and the cost of paying extra for this feature will easily pay for itself over time.

No restrictions

There are a number of reasons why a water shortage can occur, be it through climate change, engineering issues or other environment-related issues. Using a potable water tank ensures that is never a problem, ensuring you always have enough water to meet your needs. 

Marketing Coordinator - Based at our UK HQ in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Callum is responsible for promoting Water Management Systems, Attenuation Tanks, Treatment Plants, Rainwater Harvesting Systems and more!