Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Water Tank for Your Industrial Facility
Your industrial facility may need water tanks for a number of reasons; you may use water for your production processes and need to ensure that this water is always available, even if there is an interruption of city-supplied water. Also, your facility may have a high risk of fires, so having water on hand can help contain any fire that might start. Whatever your reasons for needing a water storage tank at your industrial facility, note a few tips on how to choose the best one for your needs.
Metal versus plastic
Steel tanks are usually better for keeping water cleaner, as these tanks may stay cooler so that algae and other contaminants are less likely to linger or grow on the water's surface. Steel is also very eco-friendly, as you can easily use recycled and reclaimed steel pieces to make the water tank; you mightalso find steel tanks made with recycled steel more readily than you will plastic tanks. It's also easier to safely recycle your own metal tank when you want to dispose of it, as plastic can be melted down, but this process creates fumes and emissions.
On the other hand, plastic tanks are better for storing chemicals, solvents, and other liquids, as metal may react to such chemicals and contaminate water or whatever else is stored in the tank. If your water will be treated with any type of additive, or if you want to use the tanks for storing anything other than clean water itself, choose plastic.
Underground versus above-ground
The obvious advantage of an underground water storage tank is that it's out of sight and out of the way of traffic, so your property looks its best. However, you would need a reliable pump to retrieve the water as needed, and burying a tank makes it more difficult to access it for needed repairs.
An above-ground tank may be easier to access, but it can be an obvious eyesore. You may be planning on placing the tank behind a storage building so that it's out of sight, but the soil needs to be strong enough to hold its weight when full of water. You may need to have a concrete pad poured for the tank, so ensure that a concrete mixer can reach the area you have in mind for the tank. You also need to ensure the area will be clear if you're using the tank in case of a fire so that you can easily pump the water from the tank to the production area.