Industrial plants that use significant amounts of water, such as wastewater treatment plants and textile manufacturers, need the best water tanks to keep their operations running. While plastic tanks are not an option in such applications, the choice is usually between concrete and metal water tanks. Deciding the best tank material can be tricky for plant managers because both have notable benefits. However, most industrial plants almost always end up choosing steel water tanks. Here are the reasons.
Higher Capacity -- The amount of water that textile or wastewater treatment plants need is relatively high, which explains the need for tanks that can hold high capacities. Metal tanks are unrivalled in this regard because they can hold significant amounts of water at a time. Notably, finding a concrete tank that matches the capacity is not easy because building one would be pretty expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, rather than spend money on concrete, sand and aggregate to construct a high-capacity water tank, industrial plants are better off welding together metal panels to build a tank of the same capacity. Moreover, industrial facilities can further reduce the construction costs of metal tanks by using recycled metal panels.
Unrivalled strength -- If you think about the pressure exerted on the tank's walls, you can begin to appreciate the strength of metallic water containers. Notably, using a concrete tank to hold significant volumes of water is impractical because the walls will give way, leading to serious flooding and property damage on an industrial scale. Furthermore, steel water tanks are the strongest of all industrial water tanks thanks to Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, probably the strongest welding technique used in industrial applications. Thus, with proper maintenance, industrial plants do not have to worry about leaks or floods during a tank's service life.
High Mobility -- Industrial plants move their operations to different locations all the time for various reasons. An industrial facility with concrete water tanks would have to leave the structure intact and build another one in their new location. The reason is that concrete tanks are immobile since they remain fixed once the concrete is poured in place. Steel water tanks are quite the opposite because they are highly mobile. Small steel tanks can be moved using a crane, while the metal panels of larger models can be cut and separated for easy moving. Therefore, any forward-thinking industrial plant should opt for metal tanks over concrete water containers.