The best water tank installers in Canberra

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Blueline Plumbing & Gas are one of Canberra’s most recommended water tank installers. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Long-standing Canberra residents are familiar with the region’s relatively dry continental climate. Canberra sees the best of Australia’s hot summers and the coldest of winters. Interestingly, despite these variances, rainfall across the region delivers a substantial monthly average of 50-75mm. That is a lot of rain to save for a dry day.

In recent years Canberra and surrounds have experienced the toll of drought. Given this predicament, finding ways to reduce reliance on mains water not only provides greater flexibility – it can help to reduce your water bill too.

Well-designed water management systems are the key to this solution, including the installation of water storage tanks. These systems allow you to harness and reuse one of our most precious resources, water. Using rainwater around the home is highly beneficial. Plants love a good rainwater drink and you can use it to flush toilets and wash clothing too.

The good news is that rainwater tanks are no longer eyesores of a bygone era. They are feats of engineering that can seamlessly blend into the most conspicuous surrounds. With options aplenty selecting a water tank and the systems to capture and utilise it can be overwhelming.

This is where contracting an experienced water tank installer makes perfect sense. But what should you look for in a water tank installer; and where do you find the best in Canberra? Read on to find out.

What makes a great water tank installer?

The best water tank installers can design, implement, and maintain sophisticated water storage systems for any property. They provide advice with knowledgeable tradespeople discussing multiple factors around why a client wants a tank and what they want to use if for. The best installers run through options and the best solution. They take into account size, location, type of tank and the number of downpipes that can be connected. Equally important is to explore options like first flush and leaf-eater, type of pump and type of base (like sand or concrete).

When searching for a water tank installer in Canberra we suggest you keep an eye on the following:

  • Qualified, licensed and insured. As with most trades, ensuring your water tank installer holds the right credentials is so important. Whilst some aspects of tank installation can be completed by a handy person, others require a licensed plumber or electrician. Before contracting an installer check for appropriate licensing along with public liability insurance.
  • End-to-end servicing. Water tanks and their accompanying systems sound simple, though can be quite complex particularly when dealing with those encased underground. The best water tank installers are well versed in the end-to-end delivery of the system in its entirety. This includes planning and design, recommendations on tank size and type, implementation of water collection components, and of course all water distribution components. Finally, check for post installation services such as repairs or maintenance.
  • Quality products. Whilst water tanks can be sourced in a variety of materials each equally as good as the last, quality selections tend to fare better in the long run. Look for an installer that stocks reputable brands and quality products, be it the tanks themselves or the pumps and fittings used with it. On-going maintenance and repairs due to lack lustre products can be costly, so getting this right the first time will ensure your set up goes the distance.
  • Warranties. The best water tank installers will offer guarantees on not only their products but also their work. Look for an installer that has existing relationships with quality manufacturers offering longstanding product warranties. With the average water tank lifespan being around 20 years, a warranty to cover at least half of this will be helpful.
  • Regulation compliant. Regulations may cover water tank installation depending on whether you are installing while renovating, retrofitting, or building new. Consult Access Canberra and Icon Water to see which regulations apply in your area; and ensure your water tank installer understands and adheres to these.

The best water tank installers in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Blueline Plumbing & Gas

Blueline Plumbing & Gas have built a name as one of the most trusted water tank installers in Canberra. They specialise in smaller residential tanks designed to fit in around client's existing homes.

Blueline Plumbing & Gas adopt a customer-first approach; prioritising the end-to-end experience and offering peace of mind to clients. Known for their prompt, professional, and polished approach this award-winning team have received regional recognition as finalists in Canberra’s Local Business Awards, and nationally at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.

Licenced to operate across both the ACT and NSW, Blueline Plumbing & Gas is licenced and accredited. Services are conducted with safety and regulation first, delivering great results first time around.

Core to the Blueline Plumbing & Gas proposition is transparency. This means steering clear of short cuts and finding the right water tank solution to address their client's needs. Only the best products and parts are used, ensuring a quality finish that can be depended on.

For added convenience Blueline Plumbing & Gas provide a two-hour service window and 30-minute notification period for clients. For great communication, friendly service, and a team who take pride in what they do, look to Blueline Plumbing & Gas.

Tom Fischer had this to say about the team on Google, “Blueline installed a rainwater tank for us, and they were great. Our job was probably pretty annoying, too, two separate quotes, scrapping and repouring the concrete slab, additional external pipes and taps and tricky downpipe paths; but they did it for the price nominated and pretty quickly too. Thanks Anthony & co.”

Aquaflo Irrigation

Servicing Canberra and surrounds for over fifteen years, Aquaflow Irrigation are local water management experts specialising in irrigation design, construction, and maintenance.

Water tanks are an integral component of their service offering, which includes the supply and installation of industry leading Australian-made tanks well suited to local conditions. These tanks are made to last and backed by an impressive twenty-year warranty.

Aquaflow Irrigation also offers comprehensive tank servicing and repairs, including relining, to ensure the integrity of your tank long term.

Here is what Kathleen Kohler had to say on her review via Facebook, “We recently had a 200,000ltr tank installed by Aquaflo (apparently their 100th) and couldn’t be happier. Monika was more than helpful, kept me informed and was on top of everything, the guys worked hard and did a great job. We had a few extras to add at a late stage, they not only accommodated but delivered a couple of times on weekends. Highly recommend!”

Silva Plumbing Service

Silva Plumbing Service is a family run business founded in Canberra over a decade ago. They offer round the clock plumbing services built on an ethos of quality at every turn.

Their team provides domestic and commercial maintenance services, along with plumbing installs of a multitude of systems and products including water tanks. This steadfast focus on customer satisfaction will ensure the right water tank is expertly installed and maintained.

Stephen shared this great experience with Silva Plumbing on Google, “Absolutely fantastic service - above and beyond the call of duty. Many thanks.”

ACT License Number: 2013299

Canberra Plumbing and Drains

Servicing Canberra for over fifteen years, Canberra Plumbing and Drains are a family run business providing an extensive range of both generalist and specialist water and gas services including water tank installation.

From basic water tank repair and maintenance to the designing of complete rainwater harvesting solutions, Canberra Plumbing and Drains has the expertise to assist. Their trained technicians can provide additional tank services including gutter repairs and installation, and pump and switch replacement installations.

Here’s what Alicia had to say about her experience with Canberra Plumbing and Drains on Google, “Friendly, prompt and professional staff that do a great job. I highly recommend them.”

ACT License Number: 200116015


Established in Canberra in 1978, Waterland has designed and installed world class irrigation systems in some of the regions most prestigious sites.

Their highly trained and well skilled team also provides an abundance of water storage solutions specialising in above ground tanks. This includes the installation and maintenance of pumps and other spare parts, as well as servicing and repairs onsite.

Waterland operates to the highest standards of professionalism, with seamless delivery for residential and commercial clients alike.

Tuan Vo shared this feedback on Google, “Excellent service. Very helpful.”

If you’re looking for more information on water tank installers in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best plumbers and the best irrigation repair specialists Canberra has to offer.

Other ways to save water in your home and garden

Installing a water tank is a great way to use water more efficiently, whether that’s for flushing toilets or watering your veggie patch. But did you know there are even more ways to save water, and many are easy to implement. For more water saving tips from Icon Water, read Water restrictions in Canberra: What locals should know + tips for saving water.

Your experience with water tank installers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the water tank installers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can stored rainwater be used for?

Stored rainwater has a multitude of uses both in and outdoors. Outdoor usage can include supplying irrigation or hoses; and topping up swimming pools or ponds. Indoor usage can include toilets, and with water quality control even washing machines and baths. Intended usage will guide additional installation services such as concreting, plumbing, and electrical.

What size water tank do I need?

The size of tank needed is generally dependant on the volume of rainwater caught and average water consumption. A simple way to estimate the volume of rainwater your property can capture is to multiply the area of water catchment – such as a roof, by the average rainfall in the region. Next, multiple your average daily water usage by the number of days without rain. For example, if you use 100 litres per day and expect a dry spell of 50 days you will need a tank with a 5,000 litre capacity.

What type of water tank is best?

Residential use water tanks are made in a variety of materials including concrete, fibreglass, plastic, and metal. Most tank materials are suitable for irrigation or toilet flushing. If water is to be used for food preparation, washing machines or bathing then opt for one that is made from, or lined with a food grade material. Always consult the manufacturer for advice on the best material solution.

What does a water tank cost?

Costs vary depending on tank capacity, material, whether installed above or below ground and whether any extras like pumps are required. For a small, freestanding model without a pump or extras expect to pay from $800 to upwards of $3,000. Large, custom-built models are generally higher in price.

How long do water tanks last?

Tank longevity can be subject to factors such as maintenance, the tanks positioning, and quality of the water within. Generally, the expected lifetime of a tank is approximately 20 years. Most manufacturers offer warranties of between 10 to 25 years.

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envirofriendly in phillip – fantastic. They did my tank and water system.

Gungahlin Al9:24 am 07 Jul 10

We have a Tankmasta tank, chosen because of three factors: ability to colour match to Colourbond colours used in our house, can be placed directly onto a sand bed rather than concrete pad, and can be buried up to 1/3 height, reducing the visual impact on us and our neighbours.

We purchased it from Enviro-Friendly in Phillip, but have to admit that their service levels are wanting. Mainly because of good people and a good business growing too fast for them to cope I think though…

9000L was a good size. Fills with about 40mm of rain (whole house is plumbed to it), and as said is not too imposing when half buried. About 2.3m diameter.

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