The correct way to store water on site
- Ensure the ground is suitable to take the weight of the water bowser or tank (1000 litres of water is equal to 1 tonne weight).
- Only fill the tank or bowser with water from an authorised provider.
- Ensure you keep the bowser/tank in good, clean condition.
- Only use warm soapy water to clean the exterior of the bowser or tank.
- Regularly flush or empty tanks or lines that are going to store water for a period of time.
- If tanks are being used to store drinking water, water should be tested every 24 hours to ensure it is fit for purpose.
- At each fill, add the correct dose of chlorine tablets. This will prevent any growth of algae/bacteria.
- Store the water storage vessel in a cool area (preventing temperatures rising above 20 degrees celsius.
- Check daily that there is no damage to the bowser/tank and the lids are secured in place.
The incorrect way to store water on site
- Store water in direct sunlight.
- Remove the lids.
- Store next to any chemicals that can splash or come into contact with the contents of the vessel.
- Use the water bowser or tank for any other purpose than holding water.
- Drill or cut into the vessel.
- Run any pipe off the bowser that may cause a back fill (none return valves and pumps can be put inline).
- Use chemical cleaners to clean the bowser or tank (internally or externally).
- Allow tank or pipework to freeze as this can cause tanks and pipes to split.