If you currently run an agriculture business or any company that is reliant upon reliable access to large quantities of stored water, you will know just how important youron site water storage tanks are.
For those of you looking for an upgrade or for a completely new installation, we will cover the most common types of water storage tank and assist you in deciding which will be right for your needs.
A cast in situ or precast concrete water reservoir is one of the traditional ways of storing large quantities of water.
The initial attraction was their low capital cost but with the advancement of modern technology, concrete water reservoirs are no longer constructed in the numbers they once were.
It is not uncommon for any concrete water tank to weep or leak slightly once filled so bear this in mind if going down this route. Needless to say, large structures of undressed concrete are rarely aesthetically pleasing so if your water storage tank is going to be in plain sight, it might be worthwhile going for another option.
Welded Steel Reservoirs
Another traditional method of storing water is the welded steel reservoir. They work by the formation of steel sheeting which is welded and riveted together to form a container.
To ensure they’re watertight, they are surfaced with an epoxy resin which acts as a water barrier to prevent leaking. Unfortunately, these watertight coatings do break down over time meaning that the maintenance costs quickly add up and can surpass the initial construction costs.
Make sure that any quotation received also includes the cost to lay a suitable concrete foundation as well as the provision of any supporting steelwork for the structure.
Corrugated Steel Water Tanks
Corrugated steel is now the popular method of choice for water storage tanks, large and small.
The better tanks on the market feature a 3 layer construction system which acts as an insulator for the structure, protecting it from fire damage. This is a great benefit to business locations which are at risk of damage from wildfire.
- The first and outside layer is made from steel and is designed to protect the tank from heat and embers as a fire passes over.
- The second layer acts as 130mm thick air barrier, preventing heat being passed through the structure via conduction.
- The third and final layer is layer of polythene membrane, acting as another barrier against radiated heat.
The largest corrugated steel water tanks on the market feature a capacity rating of up to 2 million litres of water, making them useful for the storage of water for disaster scenarios or for safely storing treated water.
Once you have decided on the type that is right for you get in touch with a suitable supplier. Commercial water tanks are widely available across Australia so you should have no difficulty in procuring one. Most suppliers will also offer an ongoing maintenance contract, giving you the peace of mind that your water will available when you need it.
Locally storing large quantities of water has never been easier so see for yourself how the right water storage solution could transform the way you run your business.