Leading the Way in Water Storage World Wide

The Mars Wrigley Confectionery in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia has been producing delicious chocolate candy for over thirty years. The Mars Confectionery began in 1979 with 70 staff members and has grown to employ over 1,500 staff while contributing over $3 billion to the local economy.


The site produces Snickers, Mars Bars, Milky Way, M&Ms, Maltesers, Bounty, and Dove Chocolates. Candy creation takes a lot of water that is stored in Pioneer Water Tanks that were designed and installed by Specialised Tank Services.

The Pioneer Water Tanks system has plans for expansion as chocolate production expands at Mars. The commercial water storage tanks have all of the necessary accessories including caged ladders and water indicators to show the levels of water. The tanks are made with Colorbond® Steel to blend in well with the landscape.


Specialised Tank Services originated in Western Victoria, Australia in 1992. Owner Richard Holloway is experienced in the licensed plumbing industry and saw the need for servicing the water tanks in his area. The company has expanded to become the water storage experts for rural, domestic and commercial projects in the area.

From the Mars Wrigley Confectionery to residential rainwater systems, Specialised Tank Services take care of their customers.


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Leading the Way in Water


Pioneer Water Tank distributors met in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia for this year’s conference. The distributor, dealer, installation network of Pioneer Water Tanks is dedicated to keeping the brand quality that is known worldwide. This conference focused on Pioneer Water Tanks leading the way in water in manufacturing and engineering.


The Aquabot commercial for Pioneer Water Tanks Australia has been released. Leading the water in water since 1988, Pioneer Water Tanks combine the longest-lasting tank body with the innovative AQUALINER® Fresh liner.

The AQUALINER® Fresh is upgrading the water storage industry with embedded Sanitized® antimicrobial technology. Representatives from Bartlett came to discuss the new innovation, along with the purveyor the technology. The superior liner fabric is designed by Bartlett Tank Liners (link) exclusively for Pioneer Water Tanks. The Swiss company Sanitized® has been producing antimicrobial technology applications for many industries and have partnered with Gale Industries to improve the technology embedded in the tank liner.


The results of the antimicrobial technology AQUALINER® Fresh:

  • Improves freshness of the water stored within the liner

  • Prevents bacterial and microbial growth

  • NSF-61 Certified for drinking water

The Pioneer Distributor and Dealer network are set up to provide the best possible customer service for the exceptional product line. Our network is able to work together and with market experts to continue connecting with customers across the world.


Pioneer Water Tanks set advanced expectations for the accredited network on top of providing exceptional service, to understand the product in great detail.

Daniel Wyatt, GM of Pioneer Water Tanks

Daniel Wyatt, GM of Pioneer Water Tanks


Richard Dunfield and Jessica Huntington represented Pioneer Water Tanks America at the Australian Conference. The team manages the sales and marketing for the North American dealer network.


“We are grateful for this trip of a lifetime, where we met the most amazing people and got to explore parts of Australia while learning about Pioneer Water Tanks.” - Jessica Huntington

Richard Dunfield and Jessica Huntington at the Caversham Wildlife Park

Richard Dunfield and Jessica Huntington at the Caversham Wildlife Park

A conference isn’t complete without some fun so everyone went out to the Henley on Todd Regatta (link) together on the last day. There’s probably not a race anywhere in the world that comes close to this dry river bed boat race, that ends in battle boats created by engineers.


The Henley is the longest running event in the Northern Territory and raises money for the local Rotary club. Everyone had fun watching the show and enjoying the local Alice Springs culture.


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Watermark Rainwater Harvesting


Serving Santa Cruz County and Beyond with Sustainable Water Systems

The Watermark Rainwater Harvesting team provide systems for residential and commercial buildings in Santa Cruz County and beyond. The goal at Watermark is to design and build sustainable water systems that are efficient and easy to maintain.


“We are committed to helping our customers Design, Build and understand the benefits of Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater systems while creating and inhabiting a resilient sustainable environment for the future.” - Mick Merrell, owner of Watermark Rainwater Harvesting


A recent project of Watermark can be found at the Central Home Supply store in Scotts Valley, California. The system uses the metal building roof as the collection space with a gutter system that conveys the rainwater into the 3,000-gallon capacity Pioneer Water Tank.

The rainwater can be used for irrigation for Central Home Supply and is a clean, renewable water source. With only one inch of rain on a small, 2,000-square foot roof, you can collect around 1,200 gallons of clean rainwater. There are many residents in Santa Cruz County that collect a lot more capacity during the rainy season so that they can use it the rest of the year.


One of the initial calculations that Watermark provides is the estimated about of rainwater that can be collected from a building roof.


This tank didn't need a permit.

Santa Cruz County recommends using rainwater systems as a sustainable water source. A building permit isn’t required in Santa Cruz County for rainwater systems if the following situations are in place:


-  The system is only used for outdoor, non-spray irrigation purposes
-  The rainwater storage tank has a capacity of less than 5,000-gallons
-  The ratio of height to diameter (or width) of the rainwater tank doesn’t exceed 2 to 1.
-  The rainwater harvesting system doesn’t require power. (Gravity alone can usually supply enough pressure to 5,000-gallon systems).
-  The system doesn’t mix the rainwater with a different water source like utility water.



Read more: http://www.sccoplanning.com/Portals/2/Rainwater%20Harvest.pdf?ver=2018-04-17-134151-573

Watermark Rainwater Harvesting has a lot of experience working with the County Building department requirements for rainwater system permitting if needed. They can supply an optional engineer-stamped package for the permit where required.


Talk with Watermark today at 408-690-7581 or learn more at their website http://watermarkrainwaterharvesting.com/


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Supplying Rainwater Harvesting Systems with Clean Storage

The size of a rainwater tank depends on the average annual rainfall in your area, the rooftop collection area and the capacity needs of your household. It’s also important to research the local authority regulations on water tanks, including permitting requirements.


There are resources such as the Current Results website that break down rainfall averages by State, and then by major city:




US Climate Data by State:



Local rainfall data is also sometimes provided by the County or public education colleges in the area if you require more detailed, accurate data. It’s safe to say that rainwater systems should prepare for an excess and a recess of rainfall in all cases, with enough capacity to hold rain in changing the weather.


The basic equation of calculating how much rainwater you can collect off of your roof is the catchment area (ft 2 ) multiplied by the rainfall depth (inches of rain) multiplied by a 0.623 conversion factor.

There are many factors that affect this, including what materials the roof is made of, the slope of the roof, and rate of the rainfall. The Texas AgriLife Extension Office has created an extensive spreadsheet calculation that breaks down rainwater collection by the month.

The capacity needs of your household or business depend on a lot of factors, including what this will be a water source. If the drinking water system is also being replaced by rainwater, the capacity needs should provide for the longest anticipated time without rain with a backup plan for if it ever goes dry. The average water-conserving household will use between 20 and 25 gallons per person, per day - but this estimate goes as high as 80 to 100 gallons per person, per day.


The basic rule for sizing a rainwater system capacity is finding the volume of water that equals or exceeds domestic end uses or the water demand. If the household is using a utility water system, water usage is easier to gauge based on past billing. Irrigation typically takes 40% of water, but it depends on your specific location and general needs. The Texas Water Development Board gauges that irrigation can take up to 60% of water usage during peak summer months.


One rough estimation method for storage capacity is to size the tank to meet the quarterly demand or a three-month period. If you can take three of the highest water usage months’ needs, that can be a rough estimate for a residential system. Commercial systems should be more detailed to provide for the sustainable goals set forth for the system.


Another capacity estimation method is to look at the rainwater system like a monthly checkbook balance. The volume captured every month is added to the previous water capacity “balance” and the water usage is subtracted. This system would require an initial volume of water in the tanks before the system is put into place since it relies on collecting rainwater to replace the water used.

It's recommended to involve a rainwater or irrigation professional with rainwater systems above 500-gallons. Only an accredited professional will understand the exact calculations and requirements to ensure a safe rainwater system to replace an existing water system. Pioneer Water Tanks America only works with accredited professionals with a proven project history. If you are in need of a rainwater system or would like a quote for your location - fill out the contact form below so that we can connect you with a professional. Our office can also be reached at (877) 223-7784.


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Providing Clean Water for a Lifetime

Water well flow rates depend on many factors that can have a multitude of solutions. A low well flow that delivers water in the 2.5 GPM range or below, isn’t able to keep up with water usage in a building with typical occupancy. If someone were to flush a toilet at the same time that water is running on the same system without enough flow, the water could cut off to the house until enough water builds up to supply the demand again.


The majority of water wells have a pressure tank to supply the water usage demand, but if this doesn’t produce enough pressure than adding an above ground water tank can resolve the issue. Water tanks should reflect the water usage of a property, with enough capacity in reserve in case of above-average water use. If a tank without enough capacity is used, the tank will be used up before it’s able to recover from drawing from the water well that doesn’t have a lot of pressure.

The best case scenario would be to have a large capacity above ground water storage tank that can supply enough drinking and domestic water, even in emergencies. The low flow rate well and pump will then rely on recovering the water supply overnight, or when water use goes down. Providing water capacity that is ready to go makes the water well source reliable and measurable.


The ‘Typical Home Water Usage Rates: Average Required Flow Rates’ Chart reflects the pressure and water capacity required on average for a typical household.

Pioneer Water Tanks Well water storage tanks

Pioneer Water Tanks Well Water Storage Tanks

Having water storage to provide for your water usage has more advantages other than a consistent water supply. Water storage tanks for water well systems:


  • Increase the life of your water well pump because it cycles less

  • Increases efficiency of your water pressure when water is stored above ground

  • Added fire protection for your home by making water readily available

  • Water is available during power outages

  • Water tanks allow sediment to settle at the bottom so that water can be pumped from the top for cleaner water.

  • Cleaner water also means increasing the life of your water filters


Our dealer and installation network can provide clean, fresh water storage for your home or business with cost-effective capacities. Pioneer Water Tanks store water within the NSF-61 certified, BPA-free, antimicrobial Aqualiner Fresh tank liner to ensure a consistent drinking water supply.


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Austin Texas rainwater rebates



Ready to Store Rainwater for Later Beneficial Use

Rainwater harvesting is one part of the Texas State Water Plan by the TWDB (link) as an alternative water source. Rainwater harvesting helps to alleviate the strain on utility water as well as help managing stormwater, by putting it to a later use. Since rainwater collection is a solution for the state as well as on many local levels, rebates and tax incentives are very common in Texas. In addition, the Texas Tax Code exempts rainwater harvesting equipment and supplies from state sales tax (Texas Tax Code §151.355).


View the Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). In order to have your system components be sales-tax free, you must fill out a Texas Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 and give it to the supplier at the time of purchase.

In Austin, Texas the rebates available for equipment as well as the installation of a rainwater system for a home or business are up to $5,000 per qualifying site. For rainwater systems with water storage tanks with 500-gallon capacity and larger, the project must be pre-approved with the City of Austin in order to qualify for the rebate.

In order to claim the rebate, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements. The system needs to be installed, and the application submitted with an itemized, dated, paid-in-full receipt with the vendor contact information. Commercial rainwater systems need to also include an IRS W-9 form. The rebate checks take on average six to eight weeks to be mailed out.

Checklist for rainwater systems that have a 500-Gallon capacity or more

  •  Meet all of the City of Austin eligibility requirements

  • Submit an application for pre-approval before you buy and install any equipment and include:

    • Site Drawing: show locations of buildings, streets, existing/proposed tank(s), water meter, and piping from the tank to the landscaped areas.

    • Identify the size of the catchment area (usually the roof) and the area you will water with rainwater

    • System Drawing: sketch plans for the system, include piping, first-flush diversion system, pump location (if applicable), tank material, dimensions, placement, pad materials (must be gravel, sand, or concrete) and construction

    • Operation & Maintenance Guide: describe how the system will function and how you will maintain it

  • IRS W-9 form (commercial & multi-family accounts only)

Send application materials to:
Mail: Austin Water Conservation, PO Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767
Email: watercon@austintexas.gov
Fax: 512-974-3504

Get started with Harvested Rain Solutions, located at 11183 Circle Dr. Suite D, Austin, TX 78736.


HRS’ owner, Ron Van Sickle is a Texas State Licensed Irrigation Contractor and can help with the full development of a rainwater system from collection to use. Ron has helped many Austin residents benefit from this rainwater rebate to have a rainwater system implemented at their home, from design to installation with a maintenance guarantee.


Get started with Harvested Rain Solutions to see the cost-effective rainwater harvesting systems available for your needs: Learn More

Harvested Rain Solutions Ron Van Sickle


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Only Pioneer Keep Your Rainwater Clean Enough to Drink

The City of San Marcos, Texas encourages rainwater harvesting as a solution to supplementing utility water, as a renewable water source. The City offers up to $5,000 in rebates for purchasing rainwater system components and installation cost.


Rainwater harvesting conveys rain from a roof of a building, into a gutter system, implements pre-tank filtering and then storing it for later beneficial use. Rainwater is soft water with a neutral pH that helps plants grow, and is exempt from drought restrictions. Collecting rainwater reduces erosion around a building, as well as helps keep some rainwater from turning into polluted stormwater that plagues San Marcos with flooding.

Rainwater systems are sales-tax free in Texas

The rebate amounts to $0.50 per gallon of storage capacity for non-pressurized systems and $1 per gallon of storage capacity for pressured systems. The City rebate can’t exceed more than half of the total system cost with a lifetime maximum rebate amount of $5,000.


Components used in rainwater systems are also sales-tax exempt when purchased in Texas, Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). In order to have your system components be sales-tax free, you must fill out a Texas Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 and give it to the supplier at the time of purchase.

In order to redeem a rainwater rebate for smaller systems in San Marcos, there are a few steps that need to be taken.


1. Review Rainwater Harvesting System Guidelines (link).


2. Purchase and install qualifying rainwater harvesting equipment, it’s recommended to use an expert who is ARCSA accredited. Link to Harvested Rain Solutions


3. Submit a completed application (link) along with itemized receipts within 30 days of the purchase date.


4. The City of San Marcos staff may call to schedule an inspection to confirm installation.


5. The rebate is issued as a credit on the next utility bill, and onward.


For Large Systems (500 Gallons of Storage or More):


1. Review the City of San Marcos Rainwater Harvesting System Guidelines (PDF).


2. Submit completed rebate application (PDF) before purchasing and installing your rainwater system.


3. San Marcos City staff will review the application and check funds availability and may contact you to schedule a pre-installation inspection.


3. Staff will issue a Letter of Approval to proceed with the purchase and installation of your rainwater harvesting system.


4. Purchase and install your system, and submit itemized purchase receipts or invoices with 90 days after the date of the Letter of Approval.


5. City staff will contact you to schedule a follow-up inspection. The system must be installed and functional at the time of the inspection.


6. The rebate will be mailed to you or issued as a credit on your next utility bill.

Harvested Rain Solutions are based in Austin, Texas with systems across the state. They are licensed and insured to provide sustainable rainwater collection systems based off of your needs. Call now to discuss your options at 877-693-2166.

Harvested Rain Solutions Ron Van Sickle


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Providing Water Storage for Firefighting

Typical city residential home fire sprinkler systems are efficient enough where they can be designed to use the same or less water than what the utility connection can provide. On average, fire sprinkler systems require seven pounds per square inch (psi) to operate. If a residential home water system doesn’t meet the psi needs of the fire sprinkler system (called fire flow), a water storage solution may be needed in order to obtain a building permit.

One fire sprinkler can use on average eight gallons-per-minute (GPM). Most home fire sprinkler systems accommodate two simultaneous flowing sprinklers, with a minimum need of 16 GPM to supply them with water. The size of a house, local building requirements and the water source may require more sprinklers or be required at a higher pump rate. One or two sprinklers must flow for a minimum of 7-10 minutes, which can be provided by a well tank or a rainwater tank when sprinklers are not supplied by a water distribution system. Fire sprinkler systems that aren’t supplied enough by a utility water source, need an on hand water supply of at least 15% of the total required fire flow (but exact percentage is based on local authority requirements).

The National Fire Academy (NFA) developed a simple method of calculating fire flow to estimate the amount of water needed to fight fires. This estimate method is based on studying a large number of working fires and a survey of fire officers throughout the country. Learn More about the NFA


Needed fire flow = [(length x width) ÷ 3] x percent of involvement


Example: For a 30' x 50' building that’s 25 percent involved, the flow would be 30 x 50 = 1,500 square feet, divided by 3 = 500 x 0.25 = 125 GPM.

Additional water storage ensures that your property has water on hand for emergencies, typically with its own pump system that won’t go down in case of electricity failure. This becomes even more important, if not required, based on how rural the property location is.


Rural water distribution systems that are found to be inadequate to supply 16 GPM for fire sprinklers, would probably fall short of the minimum code-required plumbing demand, and it would surely fall far short of the 1,000+ GPM needed from fire hydrants to support a fire department extinguishing a fire in a home without a sprinkler system.

In order to figure out the exact fire flow requirements, refer to the local Fire and Building Codes, as well as refer to the local pre-inspection requirements. If fire flow must be measured in regards to the local Fire Code, the ICC International Code Council provides a chart to show fire flow requirements based on the of building construction and square footage. The ICC Construction Types that determine the fire flow, are listed in the drop-down below. The calculation uses the ICC minimum required fire-flow and flow duration for buildings.

TYPE I-A--Fire Resistive Non-combustible (Commonly found in high-rise buildings and Group I occupancies).

    • 3 Hr. Exterior Walls*
    • 3 Hr. Structural Frame
    • 2 Hr. Floor/Ceiling Assembly
    • 1 ½ Hr. Roof Protection


TYPE I-B--Fire Resistive Non-Combustible (Commonly found in mid-rise office & Group R buildings).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 2 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 2 Hr. Ceiling/Floor Separation
  • 1 Hr. Ceiling/Roof Assembly


TYPE II-A--Protected Non-Combustible (Commonly found in newer school buildings).

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection



TYPE II-B--Unprotected Non-Combustible (the Most common type of non-combustible construction used in
commercial buildings).

  • Building constructed of non-combustible materials but these materials have no fire resistance.


TYPE III-A--Protected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction with brick or block walls and a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is 1-hour fire protected).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection


TYPE III-B--Unprotected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction; has brick or block walls with a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is not protected against fire. These buildings are frequently found in
"warehouse" districts in older cities.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • No fire resistance for structural frame, floors, ceilings, or roofs.



TYPE IV--Heavy Timber (also known as "mill" construction; to qualify all wooden members must have a
minimum nominal dimension of 8 inches.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame or Heavy Timber
  • Heavy Timber Floor/Ceiling/Roof Assemblies


TYPE V-A--Protected Wood Frame (Commonly used in the construction of newer apartment buildings; there is
no exposed wood visible.)

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof


TYPE V-B--Unprotected Wood Frame (Examples of Type V-N construction are single-family homes and
garages. They often have exposed wood so there is no fire resistance.)

The following calculation uses the ICC Fire Flow based on the above construction types of square footage of the building. The chart below reflects the calculation as well.

We provide water storage for fire protection, with a full line of NFPA approved firefighting adapter and nozzle options. Get your best price on water storage with Pioneer Water Tanks America localized dealer and installation network.


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Only Pioneer Can Provide a Lifetime of Clean Water Storage

Find the Best Water Tanks Near Your Location


Pioneer Water Tanks has supplied water tank solutions for all types of farming, domestic and agricultural applications since 1988.


Designed for harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Our range of tanks are available from 5,000 to 97,0000-Gallons in our standard range or can be custom built up to one million gallons.


Our exclusive North American dealer and project management network facilitate sales, service and, installations. We offer a full range of accessories and fittings so that your tank meets your needs and performs to the highest standards.

Tank Code US Gallons Diameter Height
XLR 04 4,990 11' 0" 7' 2"
XLR 08 9,907 15' 5" 7' 2"
XLR 13 16,392 19' 9" 7' 2"
XLR 15 20,243 22' 0" 7' 2"
XLR 23 29,093 26' 4" 7' 2"
XLR 30 39,626 30' 9" 7' 2"
XLR 40 51,785 35' 2" 7' 2"
XLR 50 65,567 39' 6" 7' 2"



1. The Aqualiner Fresh®, the only antimicrobial tank liner in the world.


2. The 8-80 V-Lock construction system for strength and durability.


3. Includes our industry leading 20-Year warranty on the tank and liner.


4. The heavy duty roof truss system, manufactured for extreme conditions.


5. Our standard line of accessories, platinum and commercial lines to expand the functionality of your tank.

There are many things to consider when purchasing a water tank. The quality of the materials and the way the tank is constructed ensures the maximum longevity of your water tank. A Pioneer Water Tank features top grade fittings and fixtures to ensure your tank will stand the test of time. Take a moment to discover the difference:





The first antimicrobial tank liner in the world, our state-of the art five-layer Aqualiner Fresh® keeps your water fresher for longer with embedded Sanitized® Silver technology. With a life expectancy of 65 years, the Aqualiner Fresh® is designed to fit the Pioneer Water Tank to prevent contamination.



Our geotextile underlay is the ideal way to protect your Aqualiner Fresh® from being compromised by sharp objects that may be caught inside your water tank.



Our sacrificial magnesium anodes significantly extend the life of your water tank by protecting the tank from corrosion. Made from magnesium, the anodes erode in place of the water tank, thereby protecting the steel and allowing the tank to last longer than other systems. Pioneer Water Tanks recommend your anodes be replaced every 10 years so you can enjoy the benefits of your tank for life.



Reduce the amount of contaminants to protect your precious water supply with Pioneer Water Tanks’ high-density foam sealer.



Pioneer Water Tanks provides a 6” diameter overflow downpipe, the largest overflow system on the market. The overflow size moves excess water away from the tank quickly to effectively reduce pressure on your tank and avoid costly damage to your tank components.





Our exclusively engineered trusses are hot dipped galvanized steel equipped with a swivel foot. As a result, it provides optimal movement in your tank in extreme conditions. As your tank adapts to external conditions, you can rest easy your tank won’t fail when you need it most.



Specifically engineered for strength and durability, our bolts are galvanized high tensile 8.8 grade. Not only are they hardened and super strong, they are the most resistant bolt on the market to shear under pressure.

8-80 V-LOCK


Pioneer Water Tanks’ exclusive 8-80 V-LOCK is specifically engineered to maximize the strength of corrugated steel without damaging or stretching your liner when moulded to the tank wall. In fact, independent testing proves that our 8-80 V-LOCK provides the ultimate shock absorption to prevent movement or sinking.

Aqualiner Fresh Pioneer Water Tanks tank liner

Pioneer Water Tanks, AQUALINER Fresh® antimicrobial tank liner is a world’s first to keep your water fresher, for longer.


For families across the world relying on the quality of tank water for their daily use and consumption, this means for the first time, being able to enjoy the additional peace of mind that comes with fresher, purer and cleaner water, thanks to the use of antimicrobial technology on the inside lining of Pioneer water tanks.


The AQUALINER Fresh® is manufactured utilizing a patented three-layer process that adheres a PP Multifilament Base with a Polyethylene Film on the surface.

  • The PP base, PP/PE Coating, and PE Film are all bound together through a process called Extrusion Coating.

  • The PP Multifilament Base provides strength, flexibility, and dimensional stability.

  • The PE Film provides toughness, water resistance, and heat seal characteristics.

  • Sanitized Technology is inherent in the Black Polyethylene Film that touches the water.

“The AQUALINER Fresh® tank liner is the culmination of Pioneer’s 30 years’ local and international experience in water storage and a result of our continuous drive to improve the way we store water for the benefit of our customers. Water quality is an important global issue and we know it’s one of the most important factors people consider when buying a water tank” said Daniel Wyatt, General Manager, Pioneer Water Tanks.


Ensuring the quality of your water is incredibly important!

The Aqualiner Fresh® features excellent flexibility, high tensile strength, waterproof, and good abrasion resistance. The reliable liner Black PE film has Sanitized® treatment embedded into the top layer that touches the water, which prevents bacterial/microbial growth.


The ideal liner fabric used in water tanks is a balance and compromise of all the solutions that address the key criteria.


In designing a suitable liner fabric, some of the key criteria that need to be considered are:

• Flexibility
• Abrasion-resistant
• Tear and tensile strength
• Chemical resistance
• Fabric Weight
• Shrink resistance/ stability
• Waterproofness


The above graph demonstrates the estimated value against each of the key criteria considered during design and evaluation of AQUALINER Fresh®

AQUALINER Fresh® is the first water tank liner to be embedded with Sanitized® antimicrobial technology. The black PE film layer of the AQUALINER Fresh® that touches the water is embedded with antimicrobial protection by Sanitized®.


This treatment has the following features.

• Keeps your water fresher for longer
• Prevents bacterial and microbial growth
• NSF-61 Certified for drinking water storage
• Developed with Collaboration with Gale Pacific; CE Bartlett Pty Ltd and Pioneer Water Tanks
• World Class Protection Additive
• Patented Technology


Fabric constructed from a weave is the most practical method to achieve the desired tear and tensile strength for a liner fabric. A fabric without a weave will continue to stretch when the tank is filled (particularly if the tank wall is corrugated) and then relax when the water level drops. The water level in a tank will rise and drop several times throughout the lifetime of the liner, thus resulting in a thinner and less secure liner over time. This is why the Aqualiner Fresh features the proprietary weave made of high tenacity multifilament Polypropylene.


The AQUALINER Fresh® remains waterproof and retains shape under high pressure due to weave structure.






Other tank liners that don't utilize a weave, stretches at any weak point. Once the stretching starts, it continues in this area thus making the fabric thinner and thinner and weaker and weaker. Until it finally bursts.

The Aqualiner Fresh® tank liner used in Pioneer Water Tanks, is third party NSF 61 certified for drinking water storage. The National Safety Foundation standards for drinking water are developed by a team of scientists and industry experts to guarantee products worldwide.


The NSF/ANSI 61 Drinking Water System certification is accepted worldwide and is applicable for drinking water across North America.


Go directly to the link to see the NSF 61 Certification



The multi-generational AQUALINER® fabric has been a mainstay of the Pioneer Water Tanks 30-year success story and legendary water holding performance. The new fabric retains the Globally Patented Multi-layered PP/PE textile with a spun-woven multifilament polypropylene (PP) scrim construction (WO 2007/070917).


The use of antimicrobial protection in a tank liner is the world’s first use of this technology in this application, and our Australian manufacturer of the fabric has applied for an additional Patent to protect this innovation. The patent application has been accepted and its current status is “Patent Pending 2017902908”.


Pioneer has back to back exclusivity agreements with everyone in the liner fabric supply chain to ensure exclusive supply of this product to Pioneer, and Pioneer is the only steel liner tank company in the world who has access to this technology for this application.

Only the highest quality Zincalume® and Colorbond® steel are used in Pioneer Water Tanks, providing unmatched durability that no other tank manufacturer can offer- that's why Pioneer® Tanks last longer than any other brand. Pioneer Water Tanks come standard in Zincalume® Steel with your option of upgrading to a wide selection of Colorbond® steel color options.

The Zincalume® Steel Manufacturing Process

1. The metallic coating provides barrier protection to the steel. Magnesium compounds are positioned in the metallic coating to activate at the start of weathering when they are most vital for sacrificial protection.

2. Corrosion of the zinc-rich interdendritic region provides improved sacrificial protection to the steel base due to the presence of the magnesium compound. Magnesium siblicide particles in the interdendritic channels act as additional barriers to slow corrosion and restrict corrosion pathways to the steel substrate.

3. The Aluminum-rich region is modified to provide improved sacrificial protection of the steel base and resist rusting for longer in more severe environments.


Next generation ZINCALUME® steel AM125 introduces magnesium into the aluminum-zinc alloy coating, which improves galvanic protection by activating the aluminum. The result is more effective corrosion resistance. BlueScope Steel research and testing have found that the addition of 2% magnesium is the optimum level of corrosion performance and coating integrity. Along with a capital investment of over $100 million to facilitate the required manufacturing capability, BlueScope Steel can now produce next generation ZINCALUME® steel AM125 with even greater durability and a more efficient protective coating mass.

Zincalume vs Galvanized Steel Salt Spray Test

To ensure the durability and reputation of next generation ZINCALUME® steel, BlueScope Steel conducted a comprehensive testing program that included a series of accelerated laboratory corrosion tests as well as a strong emphasis on real-world outdoor exposure tests. A thorough and rigorous testing program ensured that the new product provided optimum performance.

See the full report Link

Tank Code US Gallons Diameter Height
XLR 04 4,990 11' 0" 7' 2"
XLR 08 9,907 15' 5" 7' 2"
XLR 13 16,392 19' 9" 7' 2"
XLR 15 20,243 22' 0" 7' 2"
XLR 23 29,093 26' 4" 7' 2"
XLR 30 39,626 30' 9" 7' 2"
XLR 40 51,785 35' 2" 7' 2"
XLR 50 65,567 39' 6" 7' 2"

See the Technical Specifications of the Tank Models



At Pioneer Water Tanks, we understand the many different ways that clients use their water tank. We also know how important it is that your water tank has been designed and built to suit the harsh environments.

For this reason, we provide a range of additional accessories to optimize the functionality and longevity of your tank.





Be ready for fire emergencies with our fast, convenient firefighting valve options. Outfit your tank with anti-vortex fittings and firefighting adapters for quick access during a fire emergency. Learn More about Pioneer Fire Protection



We recommend switching to a brass outlet and valve if using the Pioneer Water Tank for fire protection. This eliminates any plastic fittings from the exterior walls of the tank.



Clients that are concerned about the potential for sharp roof edges or want to achieve a sleeker, more modern look to their tank can purchase a custom designed fascia strip. Our fascia strip covers come in a range of sizes, colors and designs.



See the amount of water that you have in store at a glance with a water level indicator attached to the exterior of your tank. Choose between the traditional float and pulley system or a wireless system in a range of colors.


We are proud to offer the Premier Upgrade Package for the full line of Pioneer Water Tanks Galaxy XLR series. This upgrade package includes our standard accessories as well as a fascia kit, a liquidator 2 level gauge, outlet and valve upgrade to 2″ brass, and a brass fire kit (with an additional brass outlet, valve and fire adapter) are added. The Premier Upgrade package can be applied to most Pioneer Water Tank models and or customized to the project needs.


Only the highest quality Zincalume® and Colorbond® steel is used in Pioneer Water Tanks, providing unmatched durability that no other tank manufacturer can offer- that's why Pioneer® Tanks last longer than any other brand.


Pioneer Water Tanks come standard in Zincalume® Steel with your option of upgrading to a wide selection of Colorbond® steel color options.

Classic Cream™




Woodland Grey®



Pale Eucalypt®




Cottage Green®

Deep Ocean®


Evening Haze®




Manor Red®

Night Sky®

Shale Grey™





Before most water tanks can be installed, a cement ring beam or a stable sand pad foundation must be prepared.


There are some important things to consider when selecting your tank site and preparing the pad.

The sand pad must be level, stable and free of debris prior to construction.

The sand pad must be at least 7’ larger than the diameter of your tank.

For sloping tank sites, ensure adequate drainage to divert runoff away from the tank wall.

Aggregate must be placed around the circumference of your tank to stop erosion and comply with warranty conditions*.

A retaining wall may be required to maintain pad integrity*.

Your tank should not be left empty for an extended period of time. A minimum load of water (10% of tank capacity) should be placed in your tank at the completion of construction.

Before you start preparing your site for installation of your water tank, Pioneer Water Tanks also recommends you contact your local authority to see if there are any regulations or restrictions in place.

Some Pioneer Water Tank projects need or prefer a cement ring beam, learn more about the installation.




Concrete ring beams are used for commercial and some rural and light industrial water tanks to support the wall and also to hold the tank down during storms and cyclones. Ring beams may also be specified for tanks that are to be constructed on aggressive, acidic soils or where there is a risk of water or wind erosion of the foundation materials.



Each model of Pioneer Water Tank has an exact cement ring beam dimensions and details that are outlined in our engineering packages. At the time of your order, a specific ring beam drawing will be issued for the project requirements. It’s recommended that there is strict adherence to these specifications for the best performance of the tank.


This short video shows a cement ring beam being installed for a 51,785-Gallon Pioneer Water Tank in Nothern California.

The ring beam drawings specify the size, number and spacing of the reinforcing bars and ligatures to be used as well as the MPA rating for the concrete. Ring beams should be as level as possible and have no more than +/- 1/16” over any 5’0” (+/- 2mm over any 2m) of the circumference at the tank wall position and +/- 1/8” (+/- 4mm) over the entire ring beam. A survey chart will need to be completed and returned to your local installer for approval before the construction is started.

It is very important for the local Pioneer Water Tanks installer to ensure that foundation conditions are adequate. All water storage systems are subject to the local authority requirements so Pioneer Water Tanks also recommends local installers adhere to that authority for the tank location.

In some cases, a sand pad can be used for projects based on the application, location and local authority requirements. Click below to see more.




Learn More about the Applications of Pioneer Water Tanks


Pioneer Water Tanks are engineered to NFPA standards for water storage for fire protection. The tank body and roof are made of Zincalume® Steel, which is proven to withstand fire immersion. The tank’s firefighting adapters and nozzles are compatible with fire hoses across North America.


Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured for cyclonic and seismic conditions, as well as heavy industrial zones. Additional accessories are available for different compliance needs. Outfit your tank with anti-vortex fittings and firefighting adapters for quick access during a fire emergency.


Fire Protection Tanks range from 7 to 11 feet in height with gross capacities ranging from 3,170 gallons to 97,744 gallons to accomplish your compliance needs. Learn More



Our North American wide dealer and installer network provide comprehensive project management and coordination of all aspects of your project. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed with detailed engineering drawings that can be provided per project, including plans for the cement ring beam or sand pad.


The expereinced, efficient and professional installation teams are trained in safe methods of work within the strictest of client site requirements.

Our procedures provide for an ease of installation, less time on site, minimal infrastructure and construction personnel.

Some larger capacity and or taller wall height Pioneer Water Tank installations may require the proprietary jacking system.


Prior to starting construction with the proprietary jacking system, the following important points must be given consideration.


• Everyone who is involved in the building of the tank must be given through instructions on their responsibilities regarding the construction and safe working practices.

• The ring beam must be constructed to Pioneer Water Tanks specifications and has it been allowed to cure fully before starting construction.

• Tanks should never be built in very windy conditions, as this will increase the potential for personal injury and damage to components and equipment. 

• If you are stopping work because of strong winds make sure that all loose items are secured.

• The jack base plates must be fully supported on the ring beam and not overhang the edge of the concrete.

• Check that the mechanical anchors are installed as per the instructions supplied and have been fully tightened before operating the jacking system.

• Only the specified grade (8.8) bolts are to be used to connect the lifting brackets to the tank wall.

• Tanks should never be left supported on jacks at the end of a shift. Tanks must be lowered down onto the ring beam, although it is advisable to keep some tension on the winch cables to give added stability to the tank wall.

Safety is one of the cornerstones of how we do business at Pioneer Water Tanks.


At Pioneer Water Tanks, we believe our tanks can be manufactured and installed without causing harm to any of our employees, distributors or customers.


To achieve this, Pioneer Water Tanks has invested in safety equipment, is continuing to develop safety protocols and has an ongoing commitment to training to ensure a safer work environment for our staff and distributors.


Health and Safety:

We aspire to zero harm to our people. Our fundamental belief is that all injuries can be prevented. This responsibility starts with each one of us.



We care for the environment. We are committed to the efficient use of resources, reducing and preventing pollution, and product stewardship. We also support rainwater harvesting as a sustainable solution to the ongoing water crisis.


Sales documentation, contract administration, and product specifications enable your water storage project to proceed with confidence. Pioneer Water Tanks can provide the documentation to cover local requirements including site plans, installation guides, and wet-stamped engineering packages.


See the technical specifications per model of Pioneer Water Tank.


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There are digital tools to help water well owners understand how much water is available in a well. There is the alternative, basic calculations that can also estimate how much water is available to them, especially when the property is first purchased or if something major has affected the well. The volume of your well can be estimated in gallons using this simple calculation tool below.


The equation used is V = πr2h. This calculates pi * radius^2 * the height of the water currently in your well, this gives us the number of cubic inches. There are 231 cubic inches in a gallon so this is then divided by 231 which gives us the estimated amount of gallons currently in your well.

How can I find out the height of the water currently in the well (also known as the water depth)?


Finding the depth of the water currently available can be done a few ways but one simple DIY technique is to tie a weight to a long piece of string and lower it down. When the weight hits the bottom of your well, stop lowering the string and raise it up to then measure the length of the wet part of the rope for an estimated depth of water height.

The weighted string is lowered until it hits the bottom of the water well.

How can I find out the radius of my water well?


One way to find out the radius of circular water wells is to first take the diameter of the well. The diameter is the straight line passing from side to side through the center of a body or figure. The diameter is then divided by two and that is the radius of the well.

The diameter measurement of a circular water well.

The diameter is just the measurement straight across the well.


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