Pioneer Water Tanks have been producing the highest quality large steel rainwater tanks for Perth families, farms and businesses for over thirty years.
With the climate that the Perth region experiences, it is important to ensure that you have adequate access to water in the dry summer months, particularly for those who live in the rural areas outside of Perth who may not have access to mains water.
But water tanks aren’t just for those with no access to town water, many people in suburban or semi-rural areas use water tanks so that they live a more off-grid life, or to take watering gardens and lawns into their own hands in the summer when water restrictions are in place.
Pioneer Water Tanks offers a range of water tank sizes, in a host of Colorbond® colours – in addition to the standard classic Zincalume® finish – to ensure that no matter your project, if you’re looking for a large steel tank; there is a rainwater tank that is right for you.
Pioneer Water Tanks is – and always has been – based right here in Western Australia, providing water tanks for Perth and all across the state, founded in Perth in 1988.
All of our water tanks are manufactured at our head office in Bellevue, and then sent out to our installers in all corners of the nation, providing Australians everywhere with valuable water storage solutions.
Pioneer Water Tanks remains proudly Australian Owned and Operated to this day, and uses 100% Australian BlueScope® steel in the wall panels and roof sheets that make each and every Pioneer Water Tank.
Pioneer’s Dealer Direct® Network stretches across the state -and the nation – with more than fifty qualified water tank installers across the country, who specialise in the installation of Pioneer Water Tanks.
It doesn’t matter if you’re based in Broome or Esperance, in Exmouth or Kalgoorlie, Pioneer Water Tanks will have an installer ready to assist with the delivery and installation of your raiwnater tank, and to help you meet your water storage needs.
Western Australia is a very large state – in fact, it is the second largest state, province or county on the planet, larger even than Greenland – and with that comes challenges.
With such a spread-out population many Australians, particularly the farmers and rural workers on whom we all rely, have little or no access to mains water or any kind of town water scheme.
It is for these people that rainwater tanks are the most important, and Pioneer Water Tanks have made it our mission to provide the highest quality water tanks for Western Australian families and farmers for more than 30 years.
With water tank sizes up to 500 000L, and accessories like the Smart Water Saver to help you harvest as much rainwater as possible, Pioneer is sure to have a solution to you, whether you need water tanks Perth, Kalbarri or anywhere in between.
When your rainwater is being used for drinking, showering and preparing food, it is important that it remains fresh, safe and healthy for human consumption. Every Pioneer Water Tank in the wide range of sizes from 12,000L to 245,000L comes with the Pioneer exclusive Aqualiner Fresh® antimicrobial water tank liner, designed to keep your water fresher, for longer.
Nobody wants to be constantly stressing about water quality, which is why Pioneer’s Aqualiner Fresh® water tank liner doesn’t just meet, but exceeds all Australian Standards for water storage and food grade textiles.
The Aqualiner Fresh® uses Sanitized® technology woven into the liner, utilising the antibacterial properties of silver ions to prevent any algae or bacteria from building up on the liner – and even better, the Aqualiner Fresh® contains zero nano-particles.
The Pioneer V-Lock® has been designed specifically for water storage, improving the strength and durability of your water tank, while also protecting the liner from the wear and tear associated with traditional corrugated iron.
While the thickness of the steel in your rainwater tank is important – thicker isn’t always better – which is why we put the steel where your tank needs it most, and why Pioneer Water Tanks have a reputation for standing the test of time.
The wall panel pattern itself is designed and built on engineering principals, and is noticeably different to other water tank wall panels. The V Lock® pattern is designed for strength and durability, but also with aesthetics in mind – as Pioneer understands that your rainwater tank should be a feature of your home, not an eyesore.
But don’t just take our word for it; the Pioneer V-Lock wall profile was deemed so good in terms of both functionality and appearance that it received an Australian Design Award. The Pioneer V-Lock is available in every water tank colour currently available in Pioneer’s standard and non-standard Colorbond® colour range.
1 x Exclusive Aqualiner Fresh® Water Tank Liner
1 x 50mm Outlet & Ball Valve
1 x Stainless Steel Leaf Filter Basket or 50mm Inlet
1 x Hook-On Galvanised Ladder with Bracket
1 x Heavy Duty Hinged Access Hatch
1 x 150mm Overflow, Downpipe and Flap Valve
1 x Set (2) of Anodes
Fire protection valve and fire water reserve to shire standards
Digital or traditional water level indicators
Gutterless tank roof rainwater harvesting system
Geotextile underlay to protect liner from damage
SuperSeal dustproofing condensation strip pack
Every Pioneer Water Tank also comes with our 20/20 warranty. That’s a 20 year conditional structural warranty in addition to a 20 year conditional warranty against water leakage, applicable on all rainwater tank models from GT10 – GT280.
A large capacity steel water tank is a big investment and it’s something you only want to buy once in your lifetime, and most of the water tanks built by Pioneer Water Tanks all the way back in 1988 still remain in service to this day, holding water as securely as they did the day they were built.
Pioneer Water Tanks understands that a rainwater tank is an investment that you only want to buy once in your lifetime, and our 20/20 warranty gives you peace of mind that your water storage will last for many years to come.
With weather as beautiful as Western Australia experiences for much of the year – Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world – comes the downside of a dry and flammable environment.
Each year areas around Perth experience devastating bushfires that threaten lives and homes, and it is crucial to have a viable water source so that yourself and fire fighters can protect your property in the case of a fire.
Bushfire CRC’s extensive research has showcased multiple times that steel water tanks are highly recommended for people living in bushfire prone areas, and in 2006, when the Bushfire CRC in collaboration with the CSIRO performed bushfire testing, a Pioneer Water Tank outperformed all others.
Crucially, a Pioneer Water Tank was able to hold water after a fire front had passed, and while not safe to drink, the ability to retain water may prove crucial in fire fighting efforts.
Not only are bushfires an issue, Perth is also one of the rainier capital cities in Australia with Perth’s annual average rainfall coming in at 730mm, and areas to the South of Perth such as Pinjarra experience a whopping 1260mm a year.
With modern infrastructure like roads, pavement and buildings, this water often has nowhere to go – particularly in periods of heavy rain – which can result in flash flooding due to stormwater runoff.
The installation of a rainwater tank and adequate guttering can help alleviate these struggling stormwater systems, as the average home in Perth with a 250m² roof would be able to prevent 12,500L of water from entering stormwater systems in an event which dropped 50mm of rainfall in a short period – meaning 100 homes would capture over 1 million litres of water.
The added benefit is that this harvested water is now stored within your rainwater tank for use within the household or in the gardens.
What size rainwater tank is best for your home depends on a range of factors – even if you are using it as your primary water source. Factors such as annual rainfall (mm), roof size (m²) and the number of residents in the home are the major determinate factors.
You can calculate your annual rainfall harvesting ability by multiplying your roof size by your average annual rainfall, which would look something like the equation below:
Roof Size (m² ) x Annual Rainfall (mm) = Rainwater Harvesting Ability
300m² x 850mm = 255 000L
For the average household sizes, Pioneer Water Tanks typically recommends the following size water tanks:
There has been much discussion about what kind of water tank is best for drinking water, and understandably so, as access to fresh drinking water is one of the most important things for human health and also for the health of our pets.
Most water tanks for the home today come with a food grade liner, or in the case of poly water tanks are made from food grade plastic themselves. Pioneer Water Tanks, however, are the only rainwater tanks that come with an antimicrobial water tank liner, designed to keep your rainwater fresher for longer.
An additional benefit of liner water tanks is that when a poly water tank reaches the end of its service life, it can begin to break down and may no longer be food safe.
This depends entirely on what you need a water tank for, and how much available space you have, even regardless of any specific company or brand.
If you are looking for a rainwater tank to water the gardens and do laundry on a suburban block – perhaps looking to save some money on your water bill by using rainwater in your washing machine and toilet – then you are likely looking for a slimline steel or poly water tank.
If you were raised in a rural area, have later moved to the city and are looking for water storage simply for drinking because you don’t enjoy the taste of tap water, then you might be safe even with something as small as a rain barrel, as you would be unlikely to need a tank larger than 4000L if it was just being used for drinking water, even for a family of four.
If you live in a rural area – or have a large enough block to fit a large tank – and are looking to have your rainwater tank supply water to your entire home so you no longer have to rely on mains water, then you’re more likely looking for a large steel tank – much like the ones Pioneer Water Tanks offer.
Typically, rainwater tanks are gravity fed by the weight of the water within them. This means that most homes don’t require a pump for their water storage.
However if your rainwater tank is located a long way from your home, or you find that the pressure your water tank supplies isn’t quite good enough, then you may look to have a pump installed with your tank. Members of the Pioneer Dealer Direct® Network can recommend you a pump for your water tank if you require one.
There is a wide range of materials that water tanks are made from; Zincalume® and Colorbond® steel, polyethylene, fiberglass, stainless steel and concrete tanks – just to name a few.
However most of these are used in industrial or commercial settings, or for town water supply, and aren’t relevant to the average household. The main types of water tanks installed by rural households are Steel (Zincalume® and Colorbond®) and Polyethylene.
While most Poly water tanks last 20 years or more, and modern plastic tanks have UV stabilisers in them, the durability of steel remains unmatched as a building material, with steel water tanks built the right way often lasting more than 30 years. As the technology that goes into making Zincalume® and Colorbond® Steel improves also, so will the longevity of the steel tanks and other products made out of these materials.
Another benefit of a steel water tank is that the metal is fully recyclable at the end of their service life – even if corrosion has set in – leaving less environmental impact in their wake, unlike polyethylene water tanks; which once they start to break down become non-recyclable, and must be disposed of in landfill.