The Many Uses of Water Storage Tanks
Municipal and industrial facilities are broad in both the work that they do, and the things they need to operate safely and efficiently. One of the most overlooked but critical elements of a modern industrial or municipal facility’s operations is the storage of water (both treated and non-treated) for a number of purposes.
Here are just a few of the ways KBK’s municipal and industrial water storage tanks are used today:
Rainwater Harvesting Storage Tanks
With water becoming an ever more scarce resource, most major cities use storage tanks to collect and store rainwater for non-potable purposes. These include irrigation, which reduces the demand on the municipal water supply and promotes sustainability. KBK offers both above-ground and below-ground storage tank options in a variety of sizes to meet these requirements.
Wastewater Management Storage Tanks
Due to the unique nature of wastewater management, it’s important for tanks to be available in a number of shape and size options to meet customer needs. At KBK, we offer wastewater storage tanks manufactured with flat, sloped, dish, or cone bottoms. They also offer options such as single or double-wall construction, insulation, and above-ground or below-ground designs.
All of our tanks also come with fittings, manways, lift and tie-down systems, and level indicators to ensure they’re both useful and practical for use on-site. With size options ranging from 157 gallons to over 47,000 gallons, we can provide the right storage option for your needs.
Parks And Recreation Facility Storage Tanks
Because parks come in all shapes and sizes, so do their water storage needs. From splash pads (also known as “spray parks” or “splash parks”) to open play spaces, many recreational water features are found in parks and other public spaces. These areas are designed for water play and usually incorporate water jets, fountains, and interactive elements – but this water is often recirculated and treated to ensure safety and hygiene. And that water needs to be stored somewhere!
KBK offers several types of tanks used in the construction and operation of these features. From our underground reservoir tanks which store water for splash pads to our above ground storage tanks that are visible (and should be designed with aesthetics in mind), we have the solution that fits your space and needs perfectly.
When designing and implementing splash pads, it is essential to consider water storage systems that align with local regulations, safety standards, and the specific needs of the community. Working with experienced KBK’s engineers and designers can help ensure the efficient and safe operation of splash pads in parks.
Brine Storage Tanks
Many city and state governments use KBK’s brine storage tanks for highway maintenance, due to the effectiveness of brine solutions for maintaining wintery roads. Brine is a salt and water mixture, and while it is useful for maintaining roads and highways, it can be a little tough on the containers that store it. That’s why KBK’s fiberglass tanks are a great fit – they safely store solutions such as these without corroding, and make it readily available for use when needed increasing both the convenience and the response times for changing weather conditions.
Our tanks also allow state and local governments to customize their brine solutions by adjusting the concentration of salt and water, based on specific weather conditions. This kind of flexibility allows for a flexible approach to de-icing strategies.
Educational Facility/School Storage Tanks
For school districts, there are a variety of use cases where water storage is needed and a reliable solution to that problem is important. This includes infrastructure, safety, and sustainability which is becoming more important than ever to educational institutions across the country.
Whether storing water and chemicals for maintaining sports fields and athletic facilities, to irrigation and landscaping of school lawns, gardens, and other green spaces, sustainable and efficient storage solutions are an important factor to smooth operations. And because our tanks also allow for the collection and storage of rainwater, they can help promote sustainable practices and a reduced reliance on municipal water supplies. By incorporating storage tanks into their infrastructure, school districts can ensure the availability of essential resources, promote safety, and contribute to sustainable practices in their educational environments.
Choosing the Right Tank: A Matter of Material and More
With so many roles water storage tanks for municipal and industrial facilities play, selecting the right tank requires careful consideration. Here are some key factors to consider:
Material: Steel, concrete, polyethylene, and fiberglass are common options, each with its own advantages and limitations. Consider factors like durability, corrosion resistance, chemical compatibility, and cost.
Size and design: Capacity is crucial, but think beyond gallons. Consider headspace for maintenance, access points, and potential future needs.
Regulations: Tanks storing potable water must comply with stringent regulations like NSF/ANSI 61 for safe drinking water contact.
Treatment needs: If the tank plays a role in processing, consider additional features like baffles, mixers, or insulation.
Installation and maintenance: Think about installation ease, access for cleaning and repairs, and ongoing maintenance requirements.
By understanding the diverse roles of municipal and industrial storage tanks, and carefully considering your specific needs, you can transform these functional giants into strategic assets. Invest in the right tank, and it will silently support your facility, ensuring smooth operations, optimal water management, and a sustainable future. Learn more about KBK’s water storage tank options by contacting us today!