Water is life itself. No living creature in this planet can manage to survive without it. Water is a necessity. Humans, animals, and plants alike need it for survival.
Although 75 percent of the earth is made up of water (probably more now since the onset of climate change), not all types of water is potable. If we’re being really strict about this, only 3% is (see article). Sea water for example, is not ideal for large consumptions. The large concentrations of salt present in oceans and seas make the water hard for the human body to process. This is also the reason why, people who get shipwrecked in movies often die or suffer from dehydration even with all that sea water around. They are not blind or stupid, the water is simply undrinkable. What it does however, is just double the anguish. All that water and you still can’t get a drop to drink. Darn.
Going back, water is a precious commodity. So much so, that some industries secure their water supply by storing it – in steel water tanks.
That’s right. To make sure there is always enough water to circulate around, especially in offshore facilities, you have to stock. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a steel water tank before, but maybe not big, gigantic ones. The supply should be commensurate of the demand. Large populations require larger tanks. This is why steel water tank manufacturers have them in different sizes – some are custom built too!
When we’re talking about water tanks, here are some of the qualities you should look for:
In order to fully enjoy the quality of your water supply, your storage tank should be made from 100% stainless steel. Drinking water contaminated with rust may not cause serious health problems – but they sure taste and look ugly. And oftentimes, regularly cleaning the tank wouldn’t be enough – you need to invest more on the material. Because even if you were to clean at the macro level, you can never fully ensure your water supply’s cleanliness and purity at the micro level.
Another thing you must take into consideration is how your tank will perform overtime. Continuing my preceding point, opting to use a cheaper alternative to stainless steel may not safeguard your assets long enough for your investment to return. Rust will eventually corrode the external shell of your water tanks. When it becomes too thin, not only should you worry about health hazards but an impending catastrophe as well. Should your water tank burst, the amount of damage it will inflict on your property would be insanely huge – especially when you’re housing a very large one. Pressurized water has the potential to wreak havoc a little too well; this also jeopardizes the safety of your on-site employees.
Capacity for Pressure
You need to get yourself a steel water tank who knows how to hold itself together – literally. Huge tanks are usually made by combining plates or sections together either by welding or bolting. Poor workmanship on your manufacturer’s part can have serious repercussions for your business. Since the tank houses water, pressure is bound to build up on the interior walls. Water naturally flows freely, confining it in an enclosed chamber will not stop its movement – it just restricts it. With a weak tank, the slightest movement of the water inside the tank can create a whole wave of pressure that can possibly undo whatever is holding the sections together. Suffering a minor leakage is already the least of your problems. Don’t wait until it bursts open.
The size of your steel water tank should be enough for your firm’s expected consumption. You must also consider the number of times you can have your water tank refilled in a span of one year. This way, you can estimate how much water you will need to store and consequently, choose a tank that has the capacity to support that amount of water.
The need for good foresight is doubly important for offshore businesses. Storing water is not an easy task when you’re out on the open sea. It requires a lot of work and preparation time. When you run out of potable water today, for example, you can’t just run to a convenience store to buy another bottle or turn the tank’s motor on to instantly refill. Choose the quality of your steel water tank carefully so you can avoid running into all sorts of trouble!