While water supplied by DEWA is considered fit for human consumption, a dirty water storage tank means that the water that reaches you will not be clean and fresh. While you might think that a water filtration system protects you from health issues caused by consuming unclean water, such systems are not 100% effective. Moreover, filtered water isn’t used everywhere. You might use filtered water for cooking and drinking, but you do not use it to brush your teeth or bathe your children.
Important for health
Unclean water can lead to disease outbreaks since many types of bacteria, parasites, and viruses thrive on stagnant conditions created by rust, scale, dirt, and debris. Algal growth is also common in dirty water tanks, especially in hot climates. Some common health problems that arise due to impure water include dysentery, cholera, and gastroenteritis. To protect yourself from such diseases, it is essential to get water storage tanks cleaned on a regular basis. For building owners, it also means compliance with health and safety regulations of Dubai Municipality’s Public Health Department.
Essential for tank maintenance
Regular cleaning of a water storage tank prevents the buildup of sediment and silt that is present naturally in the water supply. It also reduces the probability of rusting and corrosion. If a tank isn’t cleaned regularly, however, the tank structure deteriorates and will require repair or replacement.
Reduces maintenance costs
If a task is carried out regularly, it always takes up less time and effort which in turn reduces costs. A tank that isn’t cleaned for years, for example, would rack up maintenance costs when its condition and the resulting issues can no longer be ignored. Then besides tank cleaning, issues like untreated corrosion, scale formation, blockages and leaks, damage to associated water systems, and proliferation of microbes would have to be dealt with.