Cleaning a Rigid 500 Gallon Tank
FAQ: How do you clean a water storage tank?
Question: How would someone go about cleaning the inside of a rigid 500 gallon tank that is used for potable water storage? The source of the water is a private well so there is quite a lot of gunk in it at the moment. Please help.
Answer: The methods for cleaning your tank can depend on the where your tank is located.
For an above ground tank, the best method might be to follow guidelines set by WHO (World Health Organization) which include emptying the contaminated water from your tank, and then scrubbing the inside of your tank with a mix of detergent or water. This can be done with a soft brush or pressure washer.
Potable Water Storage Tank
For potable water storage, there are several different methods you could consider to help keep your water cleaner for future use. One method uses a water filter to help filter out materials that can cause potential contamination of your tank.
If gunk (such as water borne algae) is building up in your tank due to outdoor exposure, you might also consider using a Water Tank with a darker exterior such as black or dark green. These darker plastic water tanks are typically encouraged for outdoor storage as they actively block out light to prevent algae from beginning to grow inside your tank.
Hopefully this helps provide you with more information on cleaning a rigid 500 gallon tank. View our Drinking Water Holding Tanks page for more information on all our drinking water tanks.