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After a long, cold winter period, it feels like the whole world breathes a collective sigh of relief as the days get longer, brighter and warmer. The changing of the seasons lulls us all into a false sense of security, though, before it hits us with April showers. While many dread the rain, others don’t mind it, and many more rely on it to get by. This last group of people can be found in the world of agriculture.

The agricultural industry in England is the very backbone of our country and for those farmers and livestock managers, the need for water storage tanks is massive. Not only do they provide essential water for crops and drinking water for farmed animals, but the stocks of water are vital should a heat wave or drought come into effect.

April traditionally is a very rainy month, which makes it ideal for topping up those water storage tanks and harvesting water for use at a later date.

The Extra Harvest

Harvesting rainwater is a longstanding task in agriculture, up and down the country, and indeed, around the world. For areas that can be subjected to drought later on in the year, harvested rainwater is used to irrigate and keep farmland usable. It can also be utilised as drinking water for cows, pigs, sheep and other farm animals during water shortages.

Water Storage Methods

Rainwater in England is plentiful in supply. In areas that are not built up, it can be contained and stored, without the need for complex cleaning processes. These can be a little time consuming, which, we are sure you will agree, it not practical when trying to run a farm.

While there is the option of storing rainwater in ponds and reservoirs, water storage tanks are incredibly popular because they are sanitary and can be moved around much easier. This is helpful for farms that need clean, safe water quickly. This water can also be used for certain household purposes such as washing clothes and in toilets.

Save the Crops

The weather across the UK is temperamental and likely to change suddenly, regardless of the season. It is because of its unpredictable nature that makes water storage tanks so beneficial in agriculture. Too much rain on crops can be damaging as the soil can flood, which allows bacteria to thrive. On the other hand, times of drought are just as harmful as crops need water to survive.

Drought can also damage the soil for future use which means any stored water can be life-saving for these desperately dry crops.

It makes sense to utilise the free resource that is at our disposal, so get involved in the April showers this year and fill up your water storage tanks; you’ll never know when it might come in handy.

For more information, please contact our team on 01889 567700.