Using an above-ground water tank for a water well system can resolve a lot of issues that come with a well water source.
Adding a water storage tank to a water well system solves pressure and consistency problems that property owners can face in California. The never-ending battle over groundwater can affect water well owners drastically, and change the availability of water in a short amount of time.
Above ground water storage acts as a fill tank for your water well. If you have a low flow water well, a pump may not be able to keep up with the water demand for a typical home. With the water tank, the pump pulls from the above-ground for a consistent water source that also reduces strain on the pumping system.
It’s easier to filter water that is stored above ground. Tank flocculation along with typical pre-tank filters get rid of a lot of taste and cloudy water issues than what a straight water well source can provide. If your well water comes up with some sediment, a well water storage tank can allow the sediment to fall to the bottom of the tank while taking water from the top. This helps to prevent clogging your plumbing fixtures or constantly changing an inline sediment filter. Well water that has a high level of dissolved sulfur gas that is allowed to sit above ground is found to dissolve some of that gas.
Installing a water tank above ground is also easier to clean and fill with an alternative water source, like rainwater harvesting. Having a water source that can be instantly accessed prevents things like electricity outages from affecting your water supply. You can also add firefighting nozzles to your tank in case of an emergency and the water will be ready to go instead of having to pump it from the ground.
The California State Water Board has established basic well standards that have been adopted with amendments to all counties. Local requirements should be researched before adjusting or drilling for a water well.
“Well owners obtain permits from local environmental health agencies or local water districts before construction, modification, or destruction takes place. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Board have established well construction standards (well standards).”