It’s important to have a water tank at home for many reasons.
First of all, you would have a back-up water source in case of a water shortage.
Secondly, you will have peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to go through the hassle of filling up buckets with water in case of a water cut.
For example, Selangor recently experienced a massive water cut because the main source was contaminated.
The water cut lasted a few days – sending people into panic mode and scrambling to look for friends’ or relatives’ houses with water. Some even resorted to hotels or had to escape to neighboring states.
Having a water tank at home can eliminate these unnecessary panic and inconveniences.
Having said that, choosing a water tank for your home is not an easy task either.
What size should you pick? Which is the most durable material? Who are some trusted water tank manufacturers in Malaysia? Is it expensive to get one?
You probably have all these questions on your mind.
Don’t worry – here are some tips on how to choose the right water tank for your home.
First things first – how much water does one person need?
Do you ever pay attention to how much water you use on a daily basis?
According to the World Health Organisation, a person needs at least 30 liters of water per day. This is for cleaning and maintaining basic hygiene.
For laundry, dishes, home cleaning, and such, a person would need an extra 20 to 30 liters of water.
In general, a person would need about 100 to 150 liters of water per day.
But Malaysians’ water usage actually comes up to about 300 liters of water per person!
In a family of four, that comes up to about 900 liters of water per day.
Ask yourself: How many people do you live with? How often do you do laundry and home cleaning?
This will give you a better idea on what size of water tank you need for your home.
Next is to take a look at the type of water tanks and materials used.
Stainless steel or plastic – which is better?
The most common types of material for water tanks in Malaysia are stainless steel and plastic.
Plastic tanks are commonly known as PE (polyethylene) tanks or simply, poly tanks.
Malaysians prefer poly tanks as they are light in weight, rust-resistant, leak-proof, and reliable for storing water. Besides that, plastic tanks are cheaper than stainless steel.
Secondly, poly tanks are also easy to transport, install, clean, and maintain.
Thirdly, most poly tanks are either vertical or square in shape – which means they are either slim and tall or short and wide.
The average life expectancy of a poly tank is about 15 to 20 years – which means it is long-lasting. Moreover, it has a high melting point of 120 to 140°C so it also can withstand the Malaysian heat.
Keep in mind that plastics may still be prone to stress cracking and thermal expansion in the long run.
Another popular choice of material for water tanks in Malaysia is stainless steel.
Stainless steel is popular for being rust-resistant, heat resistant, and durable. It is easy to clean and maintain too.
High-quality stainless steel water tanks can maintain water quality and deliver a safe stream of water for your home.
There are two main types of stainless steel grades in Malaysia; SUS 304 and SUS 316.
The key differences are SUS 304 is more common for household grade water tanks. Where as, SUS 316 is a higher, industrial grade.
Horizontal or vertical? Which brand should I get?
Stainless steel water tanks for homes in Malaysia come in a few different types.
There are vertical tanks with flat bottoms, vertical tanks with a round bottom, horizontal tanks, and square tanks.
The most common ones are vertical tanks with round bottom – usually propped on a stand. You would see this in most landed homes in the suburbs.
Condos and apartments go for smaller, square tanks in the ceiling.
There’s not much difference between the vertical and horizontal ones – except for preference and pricing.
Make sure the size of the water tank is suitable for your home. Otherwise, you will have to go through the hassle of return and exchange – and this might incur additional costs.
There are many water tank manufacturers in Malaysia; like King Kong, Deluxe, Star, ATKC, Maju, and Crystal. The most popular brands are King Kong and Deluxe.
Remember to research each brand and compare prices before narrowing down on a water tank for your home.
How big should my water tank be?
There are various sizes of water tanks that you can choose from.
It depends on the number of people at home, your daily activities, and so on.
Water tank sizes in Malaysia start at 70 liters and can go up to 15,000 liters.
The highest you can go is a whopping 100,000 liters – but you probably don’t need that.
How much does a water tank in Malaysia cost?
For a small household of two, you can make do with a 300 to 500 liters water tank.
A small stainless steel water tank of 500 liters capacity will cost about RM850 to RM1,000. Poly tanks of the same capacity are priced between RM350 to RM500.
However, keep in mind that 500 liters is only the bare minimum.
To be safe, it’s best to get a water tank with about 900 to 1,000 liters capacity. This is a good, recommended size for water tanks.
Stainless steel water tanks with 1,000 liters capacity are priced at RM1,500 to RM1,800. A 1,000 liters poly tank will cost about RM550 to RM700.
For bigger families, you may consider a 2000 liters water tank. 3000 liters would be better to cater to laundry, home cleaning, etc.
If you go for stainless steel, a 2000 liters water tank retails for about RM2,000 to RM2,800.
Poly tanks with a similar capacity go for RM1,200 to RM2,500.
A 3,000 liters stainless steel water tank would cost about RM3,000 to RM5,500 – depending on the manufacturers.
We couldn’t find a definite price point for poly tanks at this capacity, but we’re assuming it would be around RM3,000 range.
If you’re not too keen on the given sizes, it’s not a problem. Certain manufacturers accept custom orders – so you can choose a size that you think best fits your family and lifestyle.
Keep in mind that the prices above are only for the water tanks and do not include delivery or installation charges. Prices may also vary according to manufacturers.
Where should I place the water tank?
Water tanks always need to be placed outdoors. The chlorine in water evaporates over time and moves to the top of the tank.
Placing your tanks in a place with little ventilation means the chlorine particles will be trapped and can be harmful to your health.
Good ventilation can eliminate the build-up of chlorine in the tanks.
Few more things to note before buying that water tank…
Aside from size, material, and pricing, here are a few other things to keep in mind when choosing a water tank for your home.
Different manufacturers and sellers in Malaysia have different policies, so it’s best to check and clarify what they are before buying your water tank. Take note of delivery, installation, and repair charges.
If you’re buying online, check for reviews, and return/exchange policies. Chat with the seller and address your questions before finalizing your order.
Check for warranty periods and policies. Most water tank manufacturers in Malaysia offer a 5-year warranty period – which can be further extended.
Some warranties will become void if you place your water tank in a basement or other enclosed areas; or if you decide to store any other liquid besides water in the tank.
All water tanks should be certified by Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and the Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN). This ensures that the water tank meets the quality set by these governing bodies.
If you are getting a personal plumber to do the water tank installation, make sure that the plumber knows what he or she is doing. Many water tanks suffer damages or leakages because of unprofessional plumbing and installation works.
Finally, as always, speak to the seller and clarify all your doubts and concerns before making a purchase.
You’re now ready to go water tank shopping!