Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Green New Year's Resolution

Water is a valuable resource and every effort should be made to conserve and protect it. A common New Year’s resolution is to be green or environmentally friendly.

This year, Tank Depot urges everyone to make a resolution that relates to water. After all, we can’t live without it.

In the landscape, water can be conserved and protected through the use of many best management practices, from selecting native plants with drought tolerance to improving soils with organic matter, using mulch correctly, applying fertilizers and pesticides wisely, monitoring irrigation systems to be sure they are uniform and to avoid over-watering.

Another way to have an even greater impact on water is rainwater harvesting. Recycling has long been a green resolution. While recycling rain is not new, the trend of capturing and reusing rain has returned and is gaining popularity. Make rainwater harvesting around your home and landscape a New Year’s resolution.

Rainwater harvesting captures rainwater to infiltrate into soil or to temporarily store for later use. Rainwater may be immediately available to plants when diverted to a rain or bio-retention garden or collected in rain barrels, cisterns or other storage units for later use.

Interest in rainwater harvesting is increasing for water conservation and stormwater reduction, particularly in urban areas. When rain falls on impervious rooftops, parking lots, streets, sidewalks and compacted soils, it runs off into storm drains, streams and rivers instead of soaking into soil.

Stormwater run-off leads to flooding, streambank erosion and pollutants being carried to surface water. As stormwater runs over surfaces like roof-tops, parking lots, lawns and other land, it picks up pollutants in its path and carries these via storm drains to surface water.

Treating rainwater as a waste product to be gotten rid of as quickly as possible also represents a lost opportunity to efficiently use a valuable resource. Why not harvest some rain and make use of it in the landscape?

While reclaimed rainwater can be used for non-potable indoor uses, and even drinking water after correct treatment, the easiest way to use harvested rainwater is in the landscape.

The benefits of rainwater harvesting include reduced amounts of stormwater and pollutants leaving a, the internet's best source for rain collection information.

We've have talked about rain gardens in this column before. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to harvest the rain and help conserve and protect this valuable resource.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cleaning Your RV Tanks

Typically, there are three holding tanks in an RV. "Black water" tanks hold waste from the toilet. Water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and shower drain into the "gray water" tank. "White water" tanks hold fresh water that's safe for drinking. Tanks need to be kept clean to prevent buildup and unpleasant odors. The basic cleaning principles are the same for all RVs. Read your user's manual for procedures unique to your RV.
Follow these simple steps for clean tanks;

Sanitize the white water tank by draining it and then filling it halfway. Add 1/4 cup household bleach for every 15 gallons of capacity in your tank. Run cold water through all of the faucets and then run hot water to get the bleach into the hot water tank.


Let the water stand for six hours and then drain the system. Add 1/4 cup baking soda to a gallon of water and pour it into the white-water tank. Fill the tank and then open all the faucets to remove any traces of bleach. Drain the tank and then fill with fresh water.


Allow the black water tank to fill two-thirds full to prevent solids from accumulating under the toilet. Follow your RV manufacturer's instructions for emptying the black water tank at a campground or truck stop dump station.


Purchase a rinse wand. The wand attaches to a hose and enters the black water tank through the toilet. Clean water rinses the tank as it is flushed through the wand, preventing waste from building up on the bottom of the tank.


Treat the black water tank with a holding tank solution added to enough water to cover the bottom of the tank. After adding the solution, use your tank as you normally would.


Use the gray water tank to help clean out the drain hose when emptying the black water tank. Close the water valve the evening before you break camp. In the morning, empty the black water tank first, then the gray water tank. The gray water will clean out the drain hose.


Leave the valves on the gray water tank open when the RV is attached to a sewer system. Gray water tanks don't usually need treatment, but if they begin to stink, use the same chemical solution in the gray water tank that you use in the black water tank.

When it is time to replace a tank, be sure to visit Tank Depot. is the world's largest supplier of marine and RV holding and water tanks.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Liquid Nitrogen Storage

Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are essential for food production. Liquid Nitrogen is one of the easiest ways to apply nitrogen to your crops. If past trends hold true, as oil prices rise so will liquid nitrogen. Also, Norwesco has announced a price increase effective January 17, 2011. In order to protect yourself from price increases, we suggest stocking up on liquid nitrogen now. Norwesco poly tanks are ideal for many types of liquid storage including fertilizer, potable water, and even wine! Call Tank Depot to learn about pre-ordering tanks before the price increase.

Norwesco tanks are manufactured using resins that meet FDA specifications to ensure safe storage of potable water, and where applicable, Norwesco tanks are also NSF approved. Quality, price, product line and leading edge technology make Norwesco North America’s largest manufacturer of rotationally molded tanks.

To see Tank Depot's full line of liquid storage tanks, visit our Contact a Tank Depot representative about tanks via toll-free telephone at (866) 926-5603 or via e-mail at Mention this blog posting when you order.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Tank Depot Blog: Merry Christmas!

The Tank Depot Blog: Merry Christmas!: "Merry Christmas to all! We at Tank Depot would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful customers, vendors and suppliers and wis..."

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

We at Tank Depot would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful customers, vendors and suppliers and wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, a safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Next Great Texan Drought

Don't look now, but. . .
The next great drought in Texas may already be upon us.

Since Tropical Storm Hermine drenched Central Texas in September, the state has been very dry, with large swaths receiving less than 10 percent of normal rainfall levels.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the past two months were the state's eighth-driest October-November period on record and second-driest in 44 years. If Texas doesn't get at least 0.78 inches of rain this month, it would be the driest October-December period since the 1950s.
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So? What to do? Call Tank Depot in San Antonio (210) 648-3866 or Houston (713) 453-4470and begin harvesting what rainwater we do receive. Tank Depot's experts are standing by - tanks are in stock and ready for immediate pick-up or delivery. As always, Tank Depot guarantees the lowest prices in Texas on ANY tank!