What is the basic water storage hygiene regime?

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Water is a precious resource, whether it is used in a household or a commercial establishment. Water storage containers play an important role in safely storing water. The key point to understand here is that such water storage systems or water storage containers must have their own hygiene regime. The health of individuals is directly affected by the cleanliness of the water storage system. 

The water tank manufacturers must be able to provide you with durable tanks that can be easily cleaned. Sheetal water tanks have both these qualities and this makes them premium water-storing facilities. 

How often water tanks should be cleaned?

One should always get their water tanks cleaned according to the quality of water and keeping other factors in mind. It becomes important to get your water tanks cleaned between 6 months to a year for the longevity of storage tanks and getting cleaner water. 

If your municipal water contains more particles, sand and other contaminants, then you need to get your tank cleaned on a more regular basis. A simple test is to check the colour of the water. If you find that it has a brownish or yellowish colour, then it is time to clean the overhead tank.

Yet another factor is the quality of the container. A plastic water tanks absorbs sunlight, and then with its interior being moist, leads to the formation of bacteria. The solution is to purchase a UV stabilized water tank.

Thus it must be a priority to check your water storage containers from time to time. It is best to discuss the pros and cons with your water tanker supplier before buying a water storage system. 

How do you sterilize water for storage? 

The container you are using needs to be sterilized before you store water in it. In case you require water in an emergency, it is always best to sterilize a storage system, and prepare it for storage. First of all, choose a container that will not contaminate the water by emitting toxic substances into it. Water tanks made of 100% virgin food grade plastic are appropriate to store drinking water. 

Once you purchase the right water storage tank, then you must use household chlorine disinfection, one that says it contains 5-6% of sodium hypochlorite, to disinfect your water. Boiling the water is yet another way to sterilize before storage, but this is probably only possible for small amounts of water. 

How can we improve water hygiene and sanitation?

Waterborne diseases claim numerous lives each year. However, the good news is that such diseases can be prevented. You need to be careful about storing water and make sure that your water storage containers are in perfect condition. Overhead water storage tanks must have a proper lid. This lid needs to be closed properly so that no external contaminant falls in your stored water.

Regarding sanitation, you need to make sure that your water supply is separate from the human waste drainage system. On the same lines, your water must be protected from exposed faecal matter, as this will lead to contamination, which will spread diseases. 

Here are some of the best ways to maintain water hygiene:

  • Cleaning your water storage system with a water jet. 
  • Flushing the tank is also helpful. 
  • Adding a disinfectant like chlorine to the water in the tank is yet another way of sanitizing your storage system. 

Are chlorine tablets safe for drinking water?

One of the most common ways to sanitize the water system, chlorine is ever-so-often used. But how safe is this for your drinking water? When we say chlorination, we mean adding chlorine to drinking water. This is done to kill germs, and it is generally a safe practice. 

When you add chlorine to your water sources or water barrels, you should keep in mind that up to 4 mg per litre is a safe amount of chlorine level. This means that this water is safe to drink.

The chemical could be harmful in high doses, but in large quantities of water, it spreads out, and mixes in. Hence, it is quite adequate for treating water, but the dosage is very important. Chlorine water can, however, taste a little different, which might not suit everyone. 


The bottom line is that our water storage systems require regular cleaning once a year at least, and whenever the requirement arises. Clean water is a basic human need, and that can get compromised on, if we are not careful. If we do not pay attention to water storage hygiene, then there could be a growth of microorganisms in the storage tank, leading to health issues. 

The Sheetal Group, with its focus on innovation and technology, has been in the business of water storage tanks for a long time. We understand consumer needs and only produce quality products that safeguard your health.

Since 1989, the company has been only excelling in the business of water storage, and was in fact, the first in the country to get ISO 9001:2000 accreditation. A name to reckon with across the nation, there’s a 100% guarantee that The Sheetal Group will never let you down.