How to Prepare My Home for Water Tank Installation

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Water is essential for every household, and Australia is adopting the new water conservation due to the unpredicted rainfall and the ongoing need for water supply. According to the current statistics, 25% of all Australian homes use a water tank. Water tanks are essential as they can be used to store rainwater and hence reduces bills for your household. In this article, you will be surprised by how easily water tanks can be installed.

Council Approval

Before preparing, you must check with your local government for building regulations. Mainly building regulations apply to big tanks and not small ones. Once you are cleared with the local government, you can begin your preparation.

The Cost of Installation

Before getting into any project, the cost is a significant factor in the preparation process. In this case, the cost of installing a water tank will vary due to many factors, from the preparation of the installation location and fittings required to the accessories you hope to get for your water tank.

Choose a Location for the Installation

After choosing the kind of water tank you want to be installed in your homestead, select the site where you want the water tank installed. The most suitable location for any tank is on level ground. If your location needs to be excavated, you may incur extra costs to make the foundation levelled. The area should also be stable, more expansive and have a larger diameter than the tank, and the ground should be capable of supporting the weight of the water tank when it is full.

Prepare the Location for the Water Tank Installation

After choosing the site where the water tank is installed, the next step is to prepare the area. If you want to install your tank on a stand, mount it and make sure that it is properly designed to carry the weight of the tank when it is full. The support slats shouldn’t be more than 25 mm apart, and the base of the stand should be wider than the base of the tank. For an underground concrete water tank, you need to dig a hole that is large enough and at the correct depth to enable the tank to clear all the sides when placed into the hole.


It would be best if you worked on the plumbing before installing your tank; it is an essential part of the installation process. There are two types of pipework systems: above-ground pipework, where pipework goes from your downpipe into the top of the tank, and wet pipework, where pipework leads underground and enters directly into your water tank. Ensure all plumbing from the outlet is well supported to avoid damage or leakage from the tank. Ensure you provide an overflow and drain away from the foundation to prevent erosion, plus the plumbing is done correctly, with all the connections free from stress.

Water Pumps

It is important to note that water pumps should not be installed at the side of the tank. Before installing the water pump, you can create your stand for it and its motor. Make sure that the tank outlets are not stressed by the weight of the pump and the motor.


After you are done with these preparations, you are good to start with the water tank installation process. Good preparation before installation will significantly benefit your water tank’s lifespan. For the best results of your tank installation, get professionals to assist. You can hire a team of professionals.

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