At times, it can be difficult to get the right types of containment tanks for certain projects. Tanks sometimes have to be specially commissioned in order to accommodate the type of job they’re needed for. For example, a tank containing normal water might not need the same level of thickness expects of tanks that contain hazardous materials. While tanks can be custom-made, they don’t always have to be; often, there is a greater range when it comes to tank sizing than you might think. Custom storage tanks simply may be a better choice for those seeking tanks fore more specific, unique purposes. However, there are still many different options to choose from when it comes to the size of a tank, the be material it’s made from, and so on — if in doubt, you should consult with the company building your tanks before making a final decision. Below, we’ll look into the different purposes for above ground tanks, and what your options are in terms of ordering — custom-made or otherwise.
What Are Fire Water Storage Tanks?
Fire water storage tanks, otherwise known as fire suppression water tanks, do exactly what you might think they would — they hold water that is meant to suppress fires. This could be water meant to be released through sprinklers, or a hose. It matters less how the water is dispersed, and more that it’s available in the first place. There are often certain requirements regarding fire water storage tanks. Fire water storage tank requirements may vary, but often pertain to the capacity of the storage tanks, as well as the materials from which they’re made. Fire water storage tanks do typically only hold water, often with little or nothing added to it. Therefore, there aren’t as many concerns about erosion than wastewater tanks. Fire water storage tanks can be kept above or below ground, and there is an increasing demand for them due to changing regulations in various industries.
What Are Wastewater Tanks?
Wastewater tanks carry wastewater, and therefore come with a lot of requirements. It’s estimated that centralized wastewater collection and treatment systems serve over 75% of the U.S. population. This means that by 2000, 208 million people were being served by centralized collection systems. Some wastewater can be recycled, which means that it needs to be stored for a certain amount of time. Otherwise, the water needs to be disposed of. In Pennsylvania, about 70% of water in Marcellus Shale gas country is recycled — the rest is disposed of. This is because — in part — in some scenarios the water is too contaminated to be recycled. Wastewater storage tanks therefore contain materials that erode some metals, which means that these tanks often need to be custom made, and for that matter inspected regularly.
Whether you need a fire water storage tank or a wastewater storage tank, make sure that you’re working with a company that suits your — and your community’s — needs. This is too serious an issue to neglect.