Tire Water Tanks
Recycle old machinery tires by turning them into livestock watering tanks. Because they’re black they draw the sunlight to the edge of the tank, which means slower freezing in the winter and less algae in the summer.
Will Mahoney is the owner of a Kentucky company called Best Livestock Equipment. He says they like to use mining-type tires because they have a high insulation value and will last a lifetime. Building a tire watering trough is simple.
"Have your water line and drain or overflow where you want the tank, you flop the tire over it, pack any extra area with dirt to fill in, and leave about 4”-5” for quikcrete. We put the quikcrete in dry, put about half of it in and tamp it good and do that again. And then the real secret to sealing a tire tank is you let it cure underwater. So, you just turn the water on and you’re done," says Mahoney. "That makes the concrete twice as hard and it actually makes it chemically bond with the tire and the pipe and makes a permanent seal."
They’ll work with any water source including gravity feed, pressurized water lines, hydrants, and pond syphons.
A big, round watering tank will look enticing to animals looking to cool off in the heat of the summer. Mahoney says there are several ways to keep them from swimming in it.
"The nice thing about a tire is that you can screw anything to it. So, you can put a cover on it to help insulate it and also keep animals out, or you can put a simple frame of 2-by boards on top just to keep them from getting in there," he says. "A lot of people will also put them under a fence so they can water a couple of different pens, and that helps keep animals out as well."