The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Drought Monitor has recently published information indicating that up to 95 percent of Texas is experiencing either 'severe' or 'exceptional' drought conditions this year. According to the National Weather Service, Texas experienced the hottest period (June through August 2011) on record in the U.S. In addition, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) forecasts that the Texas drought could become the worst on record and LCRA’s Board of Directors decided on Sept. 21, 2011 to ask the state for permission to significantly curtail or cut off water for downstream agricultural use next year. Residential water supplies in the region will also be further impacted with water conservation regulations in Texas and other Western states, as weather service meteorologist Victor Murphy recently stated, 'And probably some of the most widespread water restrictions, too.
'The trends of a warming climate and well documented cyclical drought conditions that are predicted to continue to impact the Southern U.S. for the next decade may lead to even more severe drought scenarios, where access to reserves of clean water for household, agricultural and industrial use are further reduced. The ability to respond to severe drought conditions requires access to information and residents in drought stricken states should make note of the various products available to address emergency water shortages. Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental solutions manufactures and distributes a wide variety of collapsible water storage tanks that are a key component of any rainwater harvesting system for industrial, agricultural and residential applications.
Around the world, many people rely on rainwater collection systems to meet most of their water needs, including household potable water, landscaping and agricultural uses. In particularly dryer regions of the U.S., even where most residents have access to a public water supply, both homeowners and businesses are now addressing the issues of drought related water shortages and mandatory water conservation laws by installing rainwater storage tank systems to meet non-potable water needs like landscape irrigation. There are a variety of options to consider when selecting a water storage tank. Many permanent storage tanks or cisterns are made from concrete, fiberglass, metal, polyethylene or other materials and can be located either above or below ground. In this article we will discuss rainwater harvesting systems that feature above ground, collapsible water storage tank solutions.