A new rain water tank (โอ่งน้ำ)

Before we could lay the turf I wanted to get a new water tank organised to hold the rainwater for our drinking supplies.

Since time began in my little village drinking water has been stored in clay pots (โอ่งน้ำ). You can see the two of ours that we are were using in the background of this photo.

Although an old romatic at heart some things become too impractical to keep. With the increase in people living on the block these jars were now too small. They also were not the cleanest things you have ever seen so we decided it was time to upgrade and add even more plastic into our lives.

On two previous trips into Det Udom and Ubon Ratchathani we visited various businesses selling water tanks yet no one had anything bigger then 2,500 litres unless it was in the cheap black plastic that has a reputation for not lasting very long. I showed one shop owner a 2,500 litre tank that he had on display and asked him if he could get in a 5,000 litre model for me. ‘ไม่ได้’ (can not) came the reply as i expected ‘ไม่มี’ (no have). I took a photo of the tank and a close up of the sticker showing the company details and when I got home looked them up online. With in half an hour we had a 5,000 litre, Aqua Clear Elixer water tank on order with a production time of three days. That gave us enough time to organise transport from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani as soon as it was ready.

The tank cost 18,900 baht ($600) and delivery for the 600km trip was a massive 3,000 baht or $95!

Before it arrived we had to make a home for it so my brother in law set to work and before long everything was ready for it’s arrival.

Life in a small village is pretty slow going so the arrival of a new water tank is an ‘event’ (so much so that I feel the need to dedicate an entire blog to it) so quite a few neighbours came out to have a butchers (take a look).

Once it was off the truck it was just a matter of utilising the tank tourists muscles and lifting it into its new home.

With that job out of the way it was time to finally lay some turf! (TBC)

15 responses to “A new rain water tank (โอ่งน้ำ)

  1. That’s one big fother mucker water tank. 5,000 litres, you must add a lot of water to your whiskey.

  2. You have two clay pot swimming pools now…… Mock is a water man, loves water, drinks at least 30 glasses a day. So he has plenty of time before he drains his tank…..

  3. Neat water tank, and it’s good you got it sited before doing other work in the garden.

    It doesn’t seem to be elevated enough to use gravity…do you pump this water into a higher storage tank before it goes into the house?

    I really enjoy these posts where you show what you’re doing to make village life more comfortable for you and the family.

    • Thanks Ken for your kind words. You are correct about the lack of gravity. Just enough to fill up two containers. One is the communal water trough for downstairs and the other one gets taken upstairs when we are ‘in residence’ for us to use.

  4. That’s a HUUUUGGGGEEE tank!!!

    There is a saying in the village. You can tell the size of a mans penis by the size of his water tank. I’ve only got a 2,000 litre so looks like you’ve won that contest mate.

    How you doing memock, hope the new arrival and family are all well and enjoying life. Cheers. Jay

  5. Perhaps you miss heard the saying Jay and that the bigger the size of the ‘water’ tank the longer one must spend in the toilet draining the tank!

  6. Memock, if it doesn’t rain, can you get water delivered like we have to back home? There we have a total of 13,000 gallon (59,000 litres) tanks hooked up to the house and an extra 3,000 pumpable reserve…that we never use. Even if it doesn’t rain, the house tanks can last for up to one year, with just the two of us, but we don’t use it for watering the yard. I can’t imagine having to rely on clay jugs.

    I may have my conversions completely cacca…after reviewing my comment on your new house and new arrival 🙁 I was thinking in Kilos!

    • Hi Snap,
      As a fellow Aussie who used to live down south like you I understand the need for really big rain water tanks in the case of a drought. Although I am sure that water can be delivered if needed I have never seen it done. This is because the wet season never completely fails in the tropics – although there might not be enough rain for the crops there is always enough to fill the tanks. Remember these are only for drinking water – nothing else.

  7. Pounds, I mean, pounds…clearly I need more coffee.

  8. Hi Memock,

    Now that two years have elapsed since you bought the tank, how is it performing? Is there provision built-in to connect more tanks as I am thinking of four in series giving me 20,000 litres ?

    • Hi David,
      It is still going great guns. It was a good buy in my book. Not really sure about connecting tanks but I dont see why not. 20,000 litres is a heck of a lot of water! What would you need all that for? Instead of 4 x 5000 why not go 2 x 10,000 or just 1 x 20,000?

  9. Hi Memock,
    Good to hear all ok. Yes, I would certainly consider 1 x 20,000 but I cannot find any Thai company making them to that capacity in plastic. I’ve had plastic tanks up to 25,000 before in Australia and they are so light and easy to erect on-site and plumb-in. Big families need lots of water, particularly good, clean, drinkable water in my location.

    • Hi David,
      Wow – you must have one hell of a big family!!
      Wish I could help you but have to admit that I have never seen anything that big either in Thailand. Mind you – I was never really looking either! Good luck!

  10. Sorry I did not realise that you get my email as I sign up to commnent … if you don’t mind pls remove my email from my public comment … I also forgot to click, notify me via email in my first comment … anyway my question is the same, I need a rainwater collection solution and would like to know where to buy big tanks like yours in Thailand.

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