The most important part of any potable water storage tank system is the very tank in which drinking water is stored.

Not every tank is suitable for storing potable water, so it is important to look at some important factors to make the right choice.

Municipalities must discuss their needs with a reputable water storage tank service to come up with a plan that includes tanks designed to meet those needs in all the critical ways to keep drinking water safe for consumption and reduce tank deterioration as well.

Water Storage Tank Selection: Size and Type

The main factor that determines which water storage tanks are acceptable for use in municipal potable water storage systems is required tank size.

The next factor is local water properties and what methods must be used to prevent tank corrosion, whether that is a coating on the tank itself or an inner liner or bladder.

Lastly, the type of water storage system and whether it uses pump feed or gravity feed must also be considered when choosing the right tank.

As there are multiple water storage tank designs available, the design chosen and its specific features must match those requirements.

It must fit the system while also providing safe drinking water in such a way that the tank is also protected from corrosion and the chemical reactions that can occur due to minerals and other elements in the local water.

Water Storage Tank Types for Different Uses

After determining what size tank a water storage tank service recommends for your system and the type of system that is in use, municipalities can choose between many different water storage tank types:

  • Bolted Steel - Available in a wide size assortment from 150,000 to 5 million gallons, these tanks are made from powder coated steel sections that bolt together with rubber gaskets to make them watertight.
  • Stainless Steel - Stainless tanks that can be custom fabricated to specific sizes and require interior potable water approved protective coatings to prevent corrosion.
  • Corrugated Bolted Steel - Durable, longer-lasting, and corrosion-proof steel tanks used with inner liners for potable water.
  • Bolted Fiberglass - Bolted fiberglass tanks are exceptionally strong and corrosion-resistant, bacteria-free, algae-free, and non-toxic, requiring little maintenance and are perfect for above and below ground use.
  • Glass-Fused Steel - The most ideal water storage tank design available, these tanks are constructed with a silica glass coating heat fused to the interior, making the tank fully corrosion-proof and safe for drinking water with no other coatings or liners needed.
  • Plastic - Smaller, corrosion-free poly tank types used in various applications by water tank services for above-ground potable water storage.

Keep Potable Water Clean And Safe

The prime concern when storing potable drinking water is choosing an appropriate water storage tank for the storage system and situation.

Working with a knowledgeable water tank service, municipalities can determine their storage volume requirements as well as other requirements based on the system being used and different water qualities.

An experienced water storage design service can then assist in the selection of highly appropriate tanks for the job according to cost, above or below-ground installation, materials, corrosion resistance, maintenance requirements, non-toxic coatings, and many other factors! 

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