Water Tanks for Animals

Pioneer Water Tanks for Rural Pets and Hobby Farms

The Importance of Choosing the Right Water Tank for your Animals

Steel rainwater tanks have a variety of uses, but for rural Australians, perhaps the most common use of a water tank is for drinking water or general residential supply.

Pioneer Water Tanks understands that for rural families with pets, or hobby farm owners, finding reliable and efficient ways to store and access water for your animals is crucial.

A steel water tank is a popular and effective option for storing and distributing water to your animals – be they domestic or livestock – and with an expected lifespan of over 30 years, they’ll protect your family’s drinking water for years to come.

More than half of Australians have pets, and in rural areas, many families have a small herd of sheep, cattle or other livestock, along with farm dogs, who all require a reliable water supply, be it from a water trough or just the main water supply to the home.


Pioneer Water Tanks have provided a service for Western Australia since 1988. Our high quality Australian-made water tanks will provide the long-term water security you’re looking for.

Benefits of Steel Liner Tanks

Durability of Australian BlueScope Steel

One of the biggest benefits of steel liner tanks is their durability. Made of high-quality, corrosion-resistant Zincalume® and Colorbond® steel, these water tanks are designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions that Western Australia is subject to. 

Paired with the Pioneer V-Lock® tank wall profile, you can be sure you can rely on your Pioneer Water Tank to provide reliable water storage to your family, pets and animals for years to come.

Safe for Drinking Water 

Pioneer Water Tanks come with the Pioneer exclusive Aqualiner Fresh® antimicrobial water tank liner, the only liner on the market with antibacterial properties that works from the inside of your water tank to prevent the growth of bacteria, algae or mildew.

Not just meeting, but exceeding Australian standards for drinking water storage is one of the many ways Pioneer Water Tanks continue to lead the way in water, and provide a clean water source for your animals. 

Easy to Maintain 

Steel liner tanks are smooth and easy to clean, with no crevices or corners for dirt and debris to accumulate, meaning that you can clean the exterior of your tank with just a spray from a garden hose if required. This makes it easy to maintain the cleanliness of your tank and ensure that your animals have access to fresh, clean water.

Customisable sizes and accessories

Pioneer’s range of steel rainwater tanks can be customized to meet your specific needs, relative to your home, farm or property.

They come in a range of sizes and colours to accommodate the water storage needs of your farm or home, and you can choose from a variety of additional features, such as overflow protection and hose outlets, to make it easier to access and distribute water to your animals, as well as prepare for bushfire protection or household water storage.

a photo of a pioneer water tank in colorbond steel with green grass and trees

Considerations When Choosing a Steel Liner Tank

Water Tank Sizes

The size of your steel liner tank will depend on the number and type of animals you have, as well as your personal water storage needs. Make sure to choose a tank that is large enough to meet the water needs of your animals and consider any future growth in your animal population.

pioneer water tank sizes and dimensions

The Litres/Gallons stated above are gross capacities. Actual useable volume will vary depending on the size and position of inlets and outlets.

The location of your rainwater tank

Consider the location of your tank and how you will access it inspection, checking the water level and cleaning the leaf filter basket.

You’ll want to choose a location that is easily accessible and protected from extreme weather conditions, as well as clear of any trees, overhanging branches, or anywhere birds can perch.

Water Tank Colours

Standard Colorbond® Water Tank Colour Range



Classic Cream™

Woodland Grey®




Pale Eucalypt®

Non-Standard Colorbond® Water Tank Colour Range

Dover White™

Evening Haze®



Shale Grey™





Night Sky®


Deep Ocean­®

Cottage Green®

Manor Red®

Standard Colorbond® Colours

Non-Standard Colorbond® Colours

Additional Features and Water Tank Accessories

Steel liner tanks can be customized with a variety of additional features to make it easier to access and distribute water to your animals. Some options to consider include overflow protection, hose outlets, and float valves to automatically refill any water troughs as needed.

Pioneer’s list of standard and non-standard water tank accessories can be found below:

Standard Water Tank Acessories

aqualiner fresh layers example antimicrobial water tank liner

1 x Exclusive Aqualiner Fresh® Water Tank Liner

a 50mm outlet with ball valve fire fitting for steel water tanks

1 x 50mm Outlet & Ball Valve

a pioneer water tanks stainless steel leaf filter basket for steel water tanks

1 x  Stainless Steel Leaf Filter Basket or 50mm Inlet

a galvanised steel ladder for large steel water tanks hook on ladder with bracket

1 x Hook-On Galvanised Ladder with Bracket

pioneer water tanks hinged galvanised steel roof access hatch water tank access hatch

1 x Heavy Duty Hinged Access Hatch

a pioneer water tanks 150mm overflow 150mm bellmouth

1 x 150mm Overflow, Downpipe and Flap Valve

a single annode bag sacrificial anode for steel water tank corrosion protection

1 x Set (2) of Anodes

Optional Water Tank Accessories

ball valve outlet for steel water tanks

Fire protection valve and fire water reserve to shire standards

an analogue water level indicator with float valve and weight

Digital or traditional water level indicators

four pioneer water tanks smart water savers tank roof gutter system pieces

Gutterless tank roof rainwater harvesting system

a close up photo of water tank liner protection water tank underlay fabric geotextile underlay

Geotextile underlay to protect liner from damage

SuperSeal water tank dustproofing and vermin protection for water tank freshness

SuperSeal dustproofing condensation strip pack

Reliable Water Storage for your Animals

Steel liner tanks are a durable and efficient option for storing and distributing water to your animals on a rural pet or hobby farm. They are safe for drinking water, easy to clean, and can be customized to meet your specific needs. 

When choosing a steel liner tank, consider the size, shape, location, and additional features that will best meet the needs of your farm and animals. With proper care and maintenance, a Pioneer Water tank can provide reliable water access for your animals for many years to come.

If you’re interested in a water tank for your farm or home, or want some information or advice on how one of our award winning rainwater tanks could improve your household; give get in touch with us on 1800 999 599, or by simply clicking here to request a quote for a rainwater tank today, and one of our dealers will be in touch with your customised water tank pricing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to drink water from a rainwater tank?

As Western Australia doesn’t experience these levels of pollutants – particularly in rural areas – and the rainwater in Western Australia is typically deemed safe to drink according to the Department of Health’s drinking water guidelines.

Provided you are not located near heavy road traffic or any industrial or agricultural site that may be releasing pollutants, it then comes down to having the right rainwater storage device for your needs, and ensuring that your rainwater harvesting systems are kept clean and maintained from roof to tap.

What is the material Pioneer Water Tanks are made of?

Pioneer Water Tanks have equipped rural Western Australia with water tanks for all kinds of residential and large property requirements. All Pioneer rain water tanks are constructed to endure the dynamic WA weather conditions, using BlueScope Zincalume® and Colorbond® steel, and come with a food grade liner that exceeds Australian standards for potable water.

What is the warranty on the water tank?

All Pioneer Water Tanks in the GT range (12kL – 280kL) come with come equipped with Pioneer’s 20/20 Warranty – that’s a 20 year conditional structural warranty, and a 20 year conditional warranty against water leakage. Tanks in the GTi range (290kL – 500kL) come with a 10 year conditional warranty. 

However, this is simply to give you peace of mind. Many Pioneer Water Tanks last well over thirty years, and most of the water tanks installed in Pioneer’s first year of business back in 1988 remain in operation today.

How much water do water tanks for animals hold?

Pioneer’s range of  rural rainwater tanks for homes and farms are designed to hold up to 500,000L of water, and can be designed even larger for certain commercial or industrial builds with certain specifications. You can also put several large steel water tanks side by side (much in the way some people do with poly water tanks) and connect the containers, as such increasing your over all water storage capacity – something done by many who increase their water storage years down the line.

What is the best type of water tank for my animals?

There is no one answer to this, as the majority of – if not all  – steel liner tanks and poly water tanks available on the market are made from food grade materials designed to safely interact with drinking water. It would be recommended not to install a concrete water tank for drinking, as they must be entirely emptied to be repaired, and can seep into your drinking water.

If you are looking for a water tank to use as your sole residential water supply for you and any animals, however, nothing compares to a steel water tank. With sizes up to 280,000L in the standard rural range, you’re able to harvest and store enough rainwater for your entire family and your animals in one water storage solution.