Water Tank Installation

What to expect and how to prepare

Every Pioneer Water Tank is installed by a member of
the Pioneer Dealer Direct® Network by an authorised installer.

How To Prepare Your Property For Your Water Tank Installation

  • 1
    The sand pad must be level, stable and free of debris prior to construction.  Inert sand is advised.
  • 2
    For an effective water tank installation, the sand pad must be at least two metres larger than the diameter of your tank.
  • 3
    For sloping tank sites, ensure adequate drainage to divert run off away from the tank wall.
  • 4
    Aggregate must be placed around the circumference of your tank to stop erosion and comply with warranty conditions*.
  • 5
    A retaining wall may be required to maintain pad integrity**.
  • 6
    Your tank should not ever be left empty.   As per PT11-04 MS07 D01 Rural Tank Certificate - a minimum of 300mm of water should be stored in your water tank at all times. 

* Check with your local distributor to see if they can provide this additional service. If not, you will need to make sure this is appropriately applied after water tank installation yourself.
** 1,000 litres of stored water weighs 1,000kgs (1 tonne).


Although a properly prepared sand pad will minimise the risk of contaminants or debris compromising your water supply, Pioneer Water Tanks also recommends installing a geotextile membrane for added protection.


Before you start preparing your site for installation of your water tank, Pioneer Water Tanks also recommends you contact your local shire to see if there are any regulations or restrictions in place.

“Great service from your dealer Huckleberry’s and excellent reputation.”

Steven - Oldbury, Western Australia

How to Install a Rainwater Tank

How to connect a rainwater tank to your house

 Wet vs Dry Harvesting 

Wet systems involve an underground system of pipes that transport any water harvested off the roof into the tank.

installing a raiwnater tank to the home with a wet system
a diagram of a dry rainwater harvesting system

Dry systems are more direct, with the harvested water being piped straight into the tank off of the roof.

How to Plumb a Rainwater Tank

For Water Tanks with a Fire Reserve

You can combine your domestic and fire water storage in one tank with the use of a fire reserve.

pioneer water tank with fire reserve

By plumbing the domestic water outlet higher up on the water tank
there will always be water available for fire protection.

Alternatively, you could choose to install a second water storage tank for fire protection
particularly if you have consistent overflow from your main water storage.

Installing Water Tanks For Bushfire Protection?

Who Installs Water Tanks?

The Pioneer Dealer Direct Network®

Pioneer Water Tanks has more than 50 local installers located all across Australia.

These authorised dealers are typically family run businesses, who have local expertise in your area.

No matter how much effort we put into designing and manufacturing a water tank,
it’s only as good as the person who’s installing it.

At Pioneer, we’re confident that we’ve got the best trained and most experienced tank builders in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Tank Installation:

Water tank installation overview

How long will it take for my water tank to be installed?

How much space will I need to install my rainwater tank?

What size water tank would be suitable for my home?