8 Best Farm Water Tank Containers

A farm water tank is a type of above ground water storage that’s become essential for farmers. Without access to fresh potable water, the farm will fail and the consequences can be tragic. That’s why knowing how much water you require and having appropriate storage solutions are key components for success in this domain. 

In this article, we explore what these tanks are, their benefits, and the size of the tank that will be most useful.

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What is a Farm Water Tank Container and What is it Used for?

Farm water tanks are typically used to store irrigation water, drinking water for livestock or as a catch basin for rainwater. They are often made of plastic, fiberglass or metal, and can range in size from hundreds of gallons to a million gallons. Many farm water tank containers have a spigot or hose connection so they can be easily filled. Some also have a float valve so they can be automatically refilled when the water level gets low. Farm water tanks are most commonly used on farms, but they can also be used in other settings such as landscape design or construction sites.

The Different Types of Farm Water Tanks Available

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There are various farm water tanks available on the market, each with its own benefits. 

Plastic water storage tanks are a popular option for farm water storage because they’re durable and typically cost-effective. Available as both above and below ground applications, they are another option for storing large quantities of water. In addition, they can be used for rainwater harvesting, long-term water storage or emergency potable water storage.

For farm irrigation, water containers that can be easily moved around the farm are often ideal. These types of tanks usually have wheels or a dolly, or fit into the bed of a pickup truck to make them easy to transport. No matter what type of farm water tank you choose, it is important to ensure it is properly vented and has a secured lid to prevent contamination.

1. Plastic Vertical Water Tanks

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Plastic water storage tanks have many functions, including: containing safe drinking water for residences, collecting rainwater, long-term water storage, holding emergency potable water reserves, storing fire protection water and irrigation tanks on farms. Plastic water tanks are available from 20 gallon to 15,500 gallon capacities.

2. Flat Bottom Utility Tanks

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Portable utility all purpose tanks are excellent for carrying water on your truck, storing drinking water, supplying concession trailers and more. These types of tanks have been built with homes, farms and businesses in mind. Ranging in sizes from 5 gallons to 1,000 gallons, these tanks can be used on trailers and moved around the farm as needed, or located in stalls to water livestock when in the barn. Additional benefits include:

  • UV stabilized for outdoor use
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Suitable for potable water – resin complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21 CFR 177.150(c) 3.1 and 3.2

3. Plastic Horizontal Storage Tanks

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Use a free-standing tank whenever you need containment that is transportable (non-DOT regulated) for indoor or outdoor applications. The tanks come with molded legs for support and band locators to tie it down. They are made of medium-density or high-density polyethylene that protects against UV rays, and can hold liquids up to 1.7 specific gravity. The walls of the tank are translucent so you can easily check liquid levels, and there are also gallon indicators on the tank. Plastic horizontal storage tanks are available in sizes from 15 gallons to 6,025 gallons.

4. Plastic Pick-Up Truck Water Tanks

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These tanks are single-piece and seamless, fitting both full-size American trucks and smaller pickups. These types of utility tanks provide long-lasting performance, are available at an affordable price and can hold various contents, from agricultural chemicals to water. These tanks are UV stabilized to extend longevity and they meet FDA requirements for safety:

  • Linear polyethylene
  • Resin complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21 CFR 177.1520 (c) 3.1 and 3.2
  • Translucent for visible content level

5. Potable Water Bladder Tanks

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These unique storage units resemble a mattress or pillow when filled, and offer the farmer a low-profile option for storing small or large quantities of water. Bladder tanks have numerous practical uses, including:

6. Caged IBC Totes

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Caged IBC totes are shipping containers that store and transport various commodities, including water. They’re designed to occupy the least space while holding the most liquid possible, making them versatile high mobility containers that are perfect for portability. The standard sizes are 275 and 330 gallons. They can be used for household potable water, as well as portable livestock watering.

7. Fiberglass Tanks

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Fiberglass tanks are great storage solutions for harvesting rainwater, water for fire protection, irrigation water storage and much more. They have a storage capacity of 1,000 gallons to 50,000 gallons and can be used in above and below ground applications. Fiberglass tanks are both cost-effective and customizable to meet your needs, with the added benefit of being long-lasting and inexpensive.

8. Steel Tanks

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Steel tanks are excellent for long-term water storage, fire protection, irrigation water storage and other uses. They are available with a storage capacity of 780 gallons to 1,000,000 gallons and have many benefits:

  • Long lasting – Stainless steel resists corrosion better than ordinary carbon steel. This ensures their longevity and safety of the goods you are storing.
  • Hygienic
  • Economical
  • Can be recycled

What Are the Best Size Tanks for Farm Use?

Water storage tanks are available in various forms, sizes, colors and materials. Some people want a smaller emergency tank, while others may want a large one to meet their home and irrigation needs. On average, an American household with water efficient appliances uses 70 gallons per person daily. Therefore, a family of four would use approximately 250 gallons a day.

If you want to increase your storage to water a small garden or livestock and poultry, consider a tank that holds 5,000 gallons or more. You may need multiple tanks, depending on the ideal location for watering your farm. Rain barrel systems are excellent options for storage near any roofline, since you can take advantage of the free resources falling from the sky.

Tank Depot’s Water Tanks Are the Best Option for the Modern Farmer

The best option for a modern day farmer is a water tank from Tank Depot

Our tanks are made from high-quality materials and are designed for durability and long-term use. Whether you need a small tank for emergency water storage or a large tank for irrigation, we have the perfect solution for you and at the guaranteed lowest price. 
Contact us today to learn more about our farm water tanks and how we can help you meet your water storage needs.