Emergency Water Storage: The Importance of Water Tanks in Preparedness Planning


South Africa is grappling with a severe water crisis, and it seems that the best way to start tackling this is through alternative sustainable solutions such as water tanks. Our already semi-arid country has been significantly impacted by historical droughts, and climate change forecasts paint a future of even more water scarcity. This crisis extends beyond simply the amount of available water. Ageing and poorly maintained infrastructure leak this precious resource, while unequal distribution leaves many communities without reliable access to this vital resource. So, if the question begs whether investing in water tanks from Windy Willows is a good idea, then the answer is, yes, it is.


Taking the First Steps Towards Water Security with Water Tanks


Starting to prepare for a time when the taps may run dry begins with installing water tanks for rainwater harvesting or as a backup to municipal supply. It may not seem that this can make a significant enough impact to curb the current water crisis. However, if every home and business do their bit, it will start making a difference.


Before selecting water tanks, a few factors need to be considered, such as the size of the property and what the stored water is going to be used for. You also need to bear in mind that, on average, one person’s water use can be 235 litres daily which impacts the installation of the tanks, especially if they are going to feed the entire household. Whether your stored water is for potable or non-potable use, or purely for irrigation, let’s explore how Windy Willows’ water tanks can ensure you have taken your first steps towards preparedness.


Rainwater Harvesting


Rainwater harvesting is the ingenious practice of capturing rainwater runoff from roofs or other surfaces for later use. Traditionally, this involves collecting rain from your rooftop using gutters that channel the water into a storage container. These systems can be surprisingly adaptable – from a simple water tank for garden irrigation to elaborate piping and pump systems that supply the entire household. At Windy Willows, we can install water tanks purely for storage or supply you with an advanced unit that can be connected to your current irrigation system. This simple act alone means you are actively making an effort to conserve water.


Water Backup System

Water Tank


With water treatment plants relying on poor grid supply to treat and pump water to households, businesses and communities, it often results in an intermittent supply or no water. Failing infrastructure also adds to the burden. To prevent this from happening to you, you can install water tanks that can be automatically refilled from the mains or keep your tank topped up with municipal supply to be decanted when needed. We can even combine your water storage with rainwater harvesting by inserting a float valve that lets you know when the water in the tank has reached a certain level and is then automatically filled up by the mains supply.


From Your Tanks to the Garden


When municipal water is unavailable, water can be fed from your tanks to hosepipes or pre-installed irrigation systems to water gardens. This can be done in two ways, either through gravity feed or pressure pumps. Gravity feed only works if the tanks are off the ground, with each centimetre of elevation accounting for the natural pressure and flow. Sprinklers and micro misters require the installation of pressure pumps to feed the water through intricately laid pipes to these automated systems. The benefits of using stored water for irrigation are two-fold: you have greater control over the amount of water used and your pocket is spared from increased water costs.


Sustainable Water Solutions


With our expertise in landscaping, irrigation and rainwater harvesting, Windy Willows Wholesale Nursery ensures a smooth and cohesive integration of all the necessary components to make your water storage solutions work for you. For advice on water-wise plants and how installing separate irrigation zones can save you water, .