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How Much Does a Water Tank Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Water Tank Prices

Water tanks date back to the beginning of civilization and the need to store water has hardly declined over the years. Modern water tanks made from steel, fiberglass, polyethylene, and other materials can be placed either above ground or below ground and used for a variety of purposes. Continue reading this buying guide to learn more about what a water tank can be used for in addition to water tank installation costs.

Types of Water Tanks

Water storage is an important consideration, especially in areas that don’t experience consistent rainfall and in light of recent droughts. With the average American using 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, it’s always good to have a supply of water available. Below is a list of the most common uses for water tanks:

  • Drinking water tank: Small bladder tanks that can fit under a porch or in a crawl space are perfect for storing potable water for emergencies, while vertical water tanks can store large amounts of drinking water, ideal for those who don’t have access to a municipal water supply.
  • Fire suppression: Some of the worst forest fires on record ravaged the West and Southwest regions of the Unites States this year. With a water tank that can hold hundreds or thousands of gallons, you’ll be better prepared to keep fire away from your home and/or power a sprinkler system.
  • Irrigation water storage: Whether you run an agricultural business from home or simply take great pride in your landscaping or gardening, an irrigation water tank can help ensure that a lack of water doesn’t keep your investment from being lost. Many people have switched from an open pond to an irrigation water storage tank because a tank is safer, cleaner, and requires less maintenance.
  • Waste water storage: Large-capacity underground water storage tanks can also be used as a septic tank.

Water Tank Installation Costs

The cost to install a water tank is highly variable based on the size of the tank, your location, the contractor, the difficulty of the job, and other factors. For exact price quotes, you should qualify our licensed, pre-screened contractors.

Below are water tank prices for various-sized, above-ground polyethylene units (installation not included):

  • 25 gallons: $50 to $100
  • 100 gallons: $100 to $200
  • 500 gallons: $300 to $600
  • 1,000 gallons: $800 to $1,000
  • 2,000 gallons: $1,000 to $2,000
  • 5,000 gallons: $2,000 to $4,000
  • 10,000 gallons: $5,000 to $8,000
  • 15,000 gallons: $13,000 to $16,000

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