Dry weather forces people to store water

Jan 15, 2014 2:21 PM

With no rain in sight people in California are hopeful for some wet weather after one of the driest years on record, and for people in rural areas that rely on groundwater it's a scary time. PBM Supply and Manufacturing General Manager Tim Williams says lots of people are turning to water storage tanks to prepare for more dry weather in the future.

“A lot of people will put a tank on their property for emergency fire protection. Some in years past, where we've had low water years, were forced to put in tanks when their wells went dry," says Williams.

For people living in the mountains and rural areas that depend on a steady flow of groundwater, the lack of rain is forcing them to stock up on whatever they can. Williams says they normally don't sell a lot of water storage tanks this time of year, but the past few months have been a different story. He says there's been at least a 15-20% boost in sales.

"November, December, January and February is not a busy time for that type of tank to be purchased, but we have seen an upswing in sales of those tanks because of the dry weather," he says.

Some tanks are built to hold up to 15,000 gallons of water, but Williams says most customers will usually go for the 2,500 to 5,000 gallon tanks. Whether people use the tanks for agriculture or just need a water source for their home, the current conditions are a cause for concern.

"A lot of people in those scenarios will get a large tank beforehand just to be prepared, but we hope it doesn't get to that point. We really need the rain," says Williams.

Williams also says that although no customers have reported dry wells, that could change very quickly if there's no rain soon.


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