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Hi! Looking at some water storage tanks that are made out of fiberglass. They are a good price, BUT how are they compared to the poly tanks? Know anything about this? Appreciate all input.
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Hi! Looking at some water storage tanks that are made out of fiberglass. They are a good price, BUT how are they compared to the poly tanks? Know anything about this? Appreciate all input.
Just me--what do I know--but I have always wondered about leeching .
Does it say anything about usable for potable water on these tanks?
Ck that out.
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Two disadvantages are the weight & no flex to them like a poly tank.
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Thanks for the info. I ended up calling our local Grange Co-op asking the same questions. He referred me to Tanks For Less out of Austin, TX. So, called them and he said as far as leaching, there wouldn't be any. The cost difference is nearly $2000 difference with the fiberglass being more costly. And they last about the same amount of time too. So, just passing this on for anyone who may be interested. Going to have to think about this one for a bit.
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In our area (southern Wisconsin) stainless steel double wall insulated tanks come up for sale used as farm sales ..my windmill now pumps to a 1200 gallon stainless steel tank I bought for about $800 used.. I bleached it good prior to my first use and once a year since .. no leaching., no algae, no bacterial retention, safe drinking water.. long life ex
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hey, mama,

IIRC, light is an enemy of both. UV to be more accurate tends to degrade them.

Light also is needed for algae growth. Well water may have iron or manganese and there are some bacteria that eat it also. Neither iron or manganese have health implications, although brown or black stains can occur on clothes and all.

Not much else to add. The folks done good with their answers above.

Wish you all the best with your project.

John
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The big R store here sells rain barrels 400 gals. for about 300 dollars but they are dark in color with a big clean out with a screen on top and a 1inch exit at the bottom. My buried poly tank is 1200 gals and I got it used for 800.00 dollars. We use that in the winter, started in September and are still getting cold clean water out of it. If you get a poly tank for burial make sure it's the ribbed ones with the half inch poly. The smooth ones are not meant to bury .
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The big R store here sells rain barrels 400 gals. for about 300 dollars but they are dark in color with a big clean out with a screen on top and a 1inch exit at the bottom. My buried poly tank is 1200 gals and I got it used for 800.00 dollars. We use that in the winter, started in September and are still getting cold clean water out of it. If you get a poly tank for burial make sure it's the ribbed ones with the half inch poly. The smooth ones are not meant to bury .
I have seen pics of your system---great job.
My youngest is in North Calif.(mountains)(stringing power lines) and says water is a very precious.Dry and dangerous.
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you should read art ludwigs book on water storage it is really informative!
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