Four Tips for Stopping Evaporation From Your Water Tank

23 March 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

If you have an industrial water tank, you need to ensure you don't lose water to threats like evaporation. This wastes water and costs your business money. Check out these tips on reducing evaporation: 

1. Buy a covered water tank.

If you are in the midst of purchasing an industrial water tank, keep evaporation at bay and choose one that comes with a cover. When the water is covered, it isn't exposed to sun, wind and other elements that create evaporation. If you've already bought your water tank and it's uncovered, check out the tips below.

2. Build a shelter around your water tank.

If your tank always seems to be losing water from evaporation, consider building a shelter around it. The roof of a simple metal building keeps sunlight away from your water tank, and the walls block the wind.

If your budget allows and you create a building with heating and cooling in it, you can try to keep the temperature at optimal levels to ensure evaporation doesn't occur. You may have to experiment a bit to see which temperatures work the best, but in most cases, cool temps are optimal.

3. Add a floating cover to your water tank.

If putting up a building doesn't work for your site, consider adding a floating cover to your water tank. These covers sit on the top of the water in the tank, and they rise and fall as the water levels change. There is a range of different floating covers, but ideally, you should look for one that is resistant to sunlight and made to withstand exposure to the elements.

4. Create a wind block.

Wind plays a huge role in evaporation. Essentially, as the sun heats up the water, some of the water droplets turn to vapor, and they saturate the air directly above the water. When the wind blows, it disrupts the layer of air that has been saturated with water vapor. 

Basically, the wind stirs the water vapor into the drier area above it. As a result, the next layer of water begins to evaporate. However, if the wind were not blowing, the initial layer of water vapor wouldn't be disturbed, and the evaporation process would not be encouraged.

To cut down on wind hitting the water in your water tank, create a wind block. Position it between the water tank and the direction of the prevailing winds in your area. You can build a wooden windbreak or use bushes to create one.

For more tips on cutting down evaporation from your water tank, contact a water tank specialist.