Comparison of materials used for rainwater harvesting systems

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Material Cost low - high Installation hard - easy Longevity short - long Durability low - high Maintenance Access hard - easy Best Use Capacity (gallons)
Underground FiberglassX 💲💲💲💲💲 ●●●○○ ●●●●○ ●●○○○ ●●●●○ 5,000 to 30,000
Polyethylene 💲 ●●●●● ●●●○○ ●●●○○ ●●○○○ > 5,000
Steel Reinforced Polyethylene (SRFE) 💲💲💲 ●●●●○ ●●●●● ●●●●● ●●●●○ 10,000 to 100,000+
Plastic Crates 💲💲💲 ●●●○○ ●●○○○ ●○○○○ ●○○○○ 5,000 to 50,000
Concrete 💲💲💲💲💲 ●●○○○ ●●●●○ ●●○○○ ●●●●○ 30,000+ (with high loading)
Fabricated Steel 💲💲💲💲 ●●●●○ ●●●○○ ●●●●○ ●●●●○ not recommended
Waterproof Corrugated Metal 💲💲 ●●●●○ ●●●○○ ●●●●● ●●●●○ 5,000 to 30,000
Above-Ground Monolithic 💲💲💲 ●●●●○ ●●●●● ●●●●○ ●●●●● Up to 20,000
Plate Assembled On-Site 💲💲💲 ●●○○○ ●●●●● ●●●●○ ●●●●● 15,000+

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