The biggest advantage of ZINCALUME® steel water tanks is the duplex barrier protection with superior corrosion resistance. Galvanized steel only provides a sacrificial coating for corrosion protection.

 

Galvanized steel was invented in 1938 and is still manufactured with the original sacrificial protection. The sacrificial protection of galvanized steel is a Zinc coating that corrodes in preference to the steel below (Evans, 1992). Over time, galvanized steel water tanks sacrifice their protection and corrode with rust.

 

Next-generation ZINCALUME® steel’s patented Activate® technology alloys magnesium with an activated Aluminum-Zinc coating. The result is a tougher protective coating with a longer service life that’s more scratch resistant. The longer-lasting ZINCALUME® steel duplex protection provides a milder degree of sacrificial protection at the cut edge, but because the coating survives longer, the protective effect is far longer lasting.

 

Cross Section of ZINCALUME® Steel

 

The Zincalume Steel® Duplex Coatings are a combination of the best characteristics of barrier and sacrificial Coatings. The alloying of metals with differing corrosion performance allows the coating to be created that offers both barrier protection to protect the underlying steel. This also provides sacrificial protection in the event the steel is cut, scratched, drilled, or damaged.

 

ZINCALUME® steel has been researched and developed for over 30 years with over 5,000 panels tested in a wide range of laboratory and real-world conditions. The resulting tests have proven that the superior corrosion resistance of ZINCALUME® steel increases service life from 200% to over 400% as compared to galvanized steel. There are Pioneer Water Tanks installed in the first year of manufacturing in 1988, that are still storing water without signs of rust or corrosion.

 

Zincalume vs Galvanized Steel Salt Spray Test
Zincalume® vs Galvanized Steel Salt Spray Test

 

The purpose of an accelerated corrosion salt spray test is to duplicate in the laboratory, the field corrosion performance of a product. This is to provide scientists and engineers with a means of evaluation. ZINCALUME® Steel resists corrosion after 240 hours of salt spray exposure, especially when compared to how the galvanized steel held up.

 

ZINCALUME® steel is also coated with a fine resin that serves several functions including temporary corrosion protection, anti-finger marking, reduction of wet stack storage, and acts as a dry lubricant. Galvanized steel is not resin-coated without that scratch resistance.

 

ZINCALUME® steel offers a consistent small spangle surface with a smooth appearance. The superior resistance to general discoloration keeps ZINCALUME® steel to its original look for longer. By staying brighter for longer, the surface of ZINCALUME® steel sheeting maximizes heat reflection from solar radiation and minimizes heat transmission inside. The small spangle surface of ZINCALUME® steel is also a better surface for post-painting applications than galvanized steel.

 

The exceptional corrosion resistance and long-lifespan of the ZINCALUME® steel tank body of Pioneer Water Tanks are just two reasons why they are utilized almost worldwide.

 

Talk directly with a Pioneer Water Tanks representative about water storage solutions that fit best with your needs.

 

Galvanized Steel Compared to ZINCALUME® Steel Chart
Galvanized Steel Compared to ZINCALUME® Steel Chart

 


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Sources Cited:

 

Evans, Charlotte. “An Anecdotal History of the Galvanizing Industry.” American Galvanizers Association Industry, 9 Mar. 1992.
http://www.galvanizeit.com/uploads/resources/1443126255_History_of_Galvanizing_Industry.pdf

 

Steel, BlueScope. “ZINCALUME® Steel.” ZINCALUME® Steel – BlueScope Steel, 2020, www.steel.com.au/products/coated-steel/zincalume-steel.

 

Steel, Bluescope. “Ten Reasons Why ZINCALUME Steel Is the Right Choice for Your Needs.” BlueScope Steel, 2010.
https://bluescope.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ZINCALUME%C2%AE-Steel.pdf

 

 

All-in-one collection and storage rainwater tanks safely store water. Pioneer Water Tanks with added Smart Water Savers are the stand-alone rainwater collection system that can also be a part of larger collection space.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks with Smart Water Savers installed for rainwater collection
Pioneer Water Tanks with Smart Water Savers installed for rainwater collection

 

The option of installing Smart Water Savers onto the concave roof of a Pioneer Water Tank adds the collection space based on the size of the model chosen. Smart Water Savers are manufactured of food-grade, UV stabilized Polyethylene. The water flow slots are 1.2MM wide with the design to keep mosquitos and other contaminants out.

 

Smart Water Saver installed in the corrugated Pioneer Water Tanks roof
Smart Water Saver installed in the corrugated Pioneer Water Tanks roof

 

The trussing system of the corrugated Zincalume® Steel Pioneer Water Tank roof allows rainwater to flow through the Smart Water Savers, and in for safe storage. Inside of standard Pioneer Water Tanks is the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner for clean water storage. The AQUALINER® Fresh is BPA-free and NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage.

Pioneer Water Tanks partnered with SANITIZED® to embed the AQUALINER® Fresh with their patented antimicrobial technology that works to protect against the build-up of mold, algae, mildew, and biofilm. The antimicrobial technology is one more guarantee that water inside of a Pioneer Water Tanks is clean and fresh.

 

Roof Area (ft2) X Precipitation Amount (in) X 0.623 = Amount Collected (gallons)
The amount of rainwater that can be collected is based on roof area multiplied by the rainfall in inches and 0.623 (the quantity of water in gallons one inch deep in one square foot of space).

 

Rainwater Collection Tank Up Close
Rainwater Collection Tank Up Close

 

The XLR 23/02 Pioneer Water Tanks model has a 26-feet and 4-inch diameter for a roof area of 544.63 ft2. This model has the option of adding 214 Smart Water Savers for rainwater collection. In an area with an average annual rainfall of 23-inches, the rainwater collection tank can collect 8,004-gallons of rainwater using Smart Water Savers. This is effectively 27% of your tank volume that can be collected from the rooftop with Smart Water Savers annually.

 

Rainwater Collection Tanks are the perfect water source for residential and commercial needs. This all-in-one system works especially well for rural properties without existing structures that need a rainwater tank. Learn more about rainwater collection tanks at RainwaterCollectorTanks.com

 

 


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As rainwater comes down on the insulated metal roof, the only question is how much will be collected. The Pioneer Water Tank already has almost 25,000-gallons of clean rainwater safely stored away, but today’s gain is still great to have on hand. This is a reality for many Americans already living off of rainwater harvesting and utilizing it as a drinking water source.

 

Rainwater is a clean, sustainable water source that typically has an Alkaline pH with a lower mineral content than municipal water. Water quality standards are set by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) and also whether or not rainwater may be utilized as a drinking water source.

Although rainwater harvesting is legal in every single state and territory in the United States, there are seven states with restrictions on use and capacity of storage. Colorado restricts resident’s collection to 110-gallons of rainwater capacity and limits the use (Colorado House Bill 1016 (2015)).

 

The State of Texas has one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation on rainwater harvesting, including utilizing rainwater as a drinking water source (Texas House Bill 3391 (2011)). This legislation sets the water quality standards, as decided by the TCEQ Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems.

 

The CDC allows for drinking rainwater, as long as the system complies with local regulations and potable drinking water standards for quality.
If you collect and store rainwater for drinking, you have a private, or individual, water system and are responsible for ensuring that your water is safe. You should have your water and your system tested regularly and maintain the system properly 4-5. When rainwater is used as a supplemental water source, homeowners should ensure that rainwater cannot enter pipes containing safe drinking water 4, 6. Contact your state or local health department for more information.” (CDC website on rainwater)

 

Rainwater is as clean as the collection space, conveyance system, and storage. The standards of quality of rainwater that must be placed to be used as a drinking water source are set by the authority having jurisdiction for the property.

 

Rainwater filtration is based on the system design, materials used, and local requirements. Rainwater can be filtered and treated with micron physical filters, UV systems, and or disinfected with Chlorine or other agents. Systems may utilize several filtration techniques and disinfection to treat rainwater.

  • Physical filtration starts at preventing contamination from getting into storage, typically with screen filters on the downspouts and or at the riser pipe. Removing the rest of particle contaminants can be done with particle filters where the effectiveness is measured by the size of microns filtered.

  • UV purification prevents bacteria from spreading disease in water, such as Giardia. The water is exposed to UV radiation at the 254-nm wavelength that disrupts the DNA in pathogenic microorganisms, disabling their ability to reproduce.

  • Chlorine and other chemical-based disinfection are used by public water systems to treat the large quantities of water required for distribution. Smaller rainwater systems may not need this kind of filtration but in cases where Chlorine is used, an activated carbon filter can remove some of the taste. Water needs to be constantly monitored with any chemical disinfection for quality control.

 

Rainwater systems utilized for drinking water are required to be designed and installed by an accredited professional who has local permits in place. We operate with a network of locally accredited businesses that provide rainwater harvesting systems (learn more).


Rainwater harvesting supplies drinking and domestic water for many homes in Hawai’i. Pacific Blue Catchment designed and installed this system that stores rainwater in an XLR 08/02 Pioneer Water Tank with a capacity of 9,907-gallons. https://pacificbluecatchment.com/

Pacific Blue Catchment rainwater system with a Pioneer Water Tank
Pacific Blue Catchment rainwater system with a Pioneer Water Tank

Rainwater Equipment supplied this 65,000-Gallon capacity Pioneer Water Tank for a homeowner in Valley Mills, Texas. Rainwater is captured off of multiple structures on the property. Rainwater is the family’s sole source of water for drinking and all other uses. Rainwater Equipment supplied the pump and UV filtration system for making the rainwater potable. RainwaterEquipment.com

Rainwater Equipment provided a 65,000 gallon Pioneer Water Tank for rainwater storage
Rainwater Equipment provided a 65,000-gallon Pioneer Water Tank for rainwater storage

 


 

Pioneer Water Tanks store rainwater within the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner, protected in the Zincalume® Steel tank body. The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is BPA-free and NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage.

 

“NSF International has developed a test protocol that provides independent verification of the safety of the materials used in the production of rainwater harvesting systems. This protocol evaluates materials used in rainwater catchment systems, such as roofing materials, coatings, paints, liners, and gutters.” https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/in-home-use/

 

The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is also embedded with Sanitized® antimicrobial technology. The embedded antimicrobial technology works to protect against the build-up of mold, algae, mildew, and biofilm. Learn More

 

A 1,000-square foot building roof can easily collect 600-gallons for every one-inch of rainfall, making it a renewable water source. Rainwater harvesting provides clean water that can be used for drinking when filtered and or disinfected to potable drinking water standards. Pioneer Water Tanks are ready to safely store rainwater, as well as other water sources, as a top-tier storage solution!

 

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Sources

 

AgriLife Extension Service Rainwater Collection

https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/in-home-use/

 

CDC Rainwater Collection

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/private/rainwater-collection.html

 

Colorado House Bill 1016 (2015)

http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2016a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont2/E38A8DB3F0B7739887257F240063F8A2/$FILE/1005_01.pdf

 

TCEQ Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/drinkingwater/pdw_rules.html

 

Texas House Bill 3391 (2011)

https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB03391F.htm

 

 

Pioneer Water Tanks have been developing water storage solutions for the harsh conditions of Australia for over 30 years. Australia’s extreme fire-prone areas and remote communities without water mains make for durable water needs. Pioneer Water Tanks are implemented for fire protection applications throughout the county for the advantages of the engineered system.

1. Exclusive Pioneer Water Tanks design: resistance to fire with over 30-years of research and development

2. Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for ranches, farms, home environments

3. Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for commercial and industrial buildings

 

Pioneer Water Tanks in Australia provide water storage solutions for fire protection

 


 

The Advantages of Pioneer Water Tanks

 


 

Pioneer Water Tanks are extensively designed for durability and corrosion resistance. The Zincalume® Steel tank body and AQUALINER® Fresh liner design of Pioneer Water Tanks allow for short term resistance to flames directly on the tank body itself. After a fire immersion event, it should be noted that Zincalume® and COLORBOND® Steel have accelerated corrosion and structural degradation.

One key benefit of investing in a Pioneer Water Tank is that even after a significant fire, the water tank will still be usable for several months and during the event itself. The time after fire devastation is when water is desperately needed for animal watering, etc. Even if the Pioneer Water Tank is severely burnt, the water can be used directly after the fire. For Pioneer Water Tanks that have minor damages on one side of the tank, the panels may be able to be replaced and the liner can be repaired or replaced.

 

Pioneer Water Tank remained ready after the recent bushfire disaster
This Pioneer Water Tank remained ready to use after the recent bushfire disaster.

 

Plastic water tanks, known as poly tanks or polyethylene are known to melt with fire exposure and cannot last with fire immersion. During a fire event, the water may not be usable since the structure itself is easily destroyed. “Polyethylene (plastic) constructed tanks fared worst under all levels of exposure.. (1 Bushfire CRC).”

 

Rural Australian ranch Pioneer Water Tanks are still standing and ready to use after a bushfire disaster while the poly water tanks melted.
Rural Australian ranch Pioneer Water Tanks are still standing and ready to use after a bushfire disaster while the poly water tanks melted.

The Australian Bushfire CRC research on intense fire devastation is cited in American fire-prone areas as an authoritative source. The Del Norte County California Fire Safe Plan states, “There are more and more options for inexpensively storing water. Cisterns—a catchment to collect rainwater—are becoming increasingly popular. Several websites are describing how to make one yourself, start with a search for “cistern.” Low-cost water tanks are also available. Pioneer tanks from Australia are now seen throughout the North Coast (www.pioneertanks.com.au) (2. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan).”

The 2006 Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC) and CSIRO project revealed that Pioneer Water Tanks can withstand 30-minutes of full fire immersion without losing structural integrity and without water loss.

 

“This valuable research contribution to bushfire safety and preparedness provides community educators with detailed information that informs the fire safety planning of residents. This is particularly important post-Black Saturday as residents in fire-prone areas are eager to purchase defensive equipment including water tanks and are seeking from firefighters advice on the ‘best’ type. The research identifies the structural integrity issues of water tanks under a range of fire impact scenarios which in turn leads to recommendations regarding fuel clearance and the lessening of the vulnerability of tanks….” – Russell Taylor, AFSM, Group Manager Executive Support, NSW Rural Fire Service

 


Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for ranches, farms, home environments


 

Pioneer Water Tanks are the premier water storage solution provider in Australia and around the world. Having usable water available for fire emergencies is a top priority in ranch, farming, and home environments. Fire protection and suppression systems are designed for the property and location requirements.

 

A typical fire protection system would include a Pioneer Water Tank with a fire outlet that creates a fire reserve supply of water. The average fire reserve for a ranch environment is 20,000-liters (5,283-gallons).

“This research indicates that steel construction tanks have the greatest chance of retaining their structural integrity and preventing water loss under bushfire conditions, while polyethylene tanks are at risk of total failure when adjacent combustible items are present, such as heavy forest fuels, fences, structures or even other polyethylene tanks.” – Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC)

> Go to the Full Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre Report on Rain Water Tanks in Bushfires

 

There are many ways that a water supply is implemented for fire protection including for fire sprinkler systems, to supplement the existing water supply, for the fire response to be able to connect to for easy access.

“I need to make our rainwater storage work as efficiently as possible to meet our agricultural needs- and also so I don’t have the additional outlay for mains water,” said Gavin from Freeling South Australia (SA)
“We wanted to customize our tanks for fire – this was important for us as we needed to not only draw water for agricultural use but fires as well.”

Read the full article: https://pioneerwatertanks.com.au/gavins-story-from-freeling-south-australia/

 

The Australian network of dealers and installers are an integral part of their communities. After a bushfire event, authorized providers perform Pioneer Water Tank inspections. On Kangaroo Island, Pioneer Water Tanks SA (Southern Australia), performed tank inspections after the recent bushfire devastation in 2019.

 

 

“That satisfying feeling you get when your second inspection on Kangaroo Island after the devastating bushfires is a customer telling you the only reason his house is still standing is because of his Pioneer Water Tank.” – Ben Wise, with Pioneer Water Tanks SA http://www.pioneertanks.com/

 

Extreme bushfire conditions in Australia require plans in place. Six days before Black Saturday, February 7, 2009, a family home fire sprinkler system that was recently installed filmed the inspection. The devastating bushfires went across the state of Victoria on what is now called Black Saturday, and the family filmed the system being used to defend their home.

 

The West Coast of the United States, in particular California, is also experiencing heightened fire disasters. Pioneer Water Tanks are utilized in similar applications for homes, farms, vineyards, commercial properties, and more throughout the state. Pioneer Water Tanks America operates with a local network of authorized company providers and accredited installation experts.

> Learn more about becoming an authorized provider or installer with Pioneer Water Tanks America.

NorCal Fire Protection Water Tanks
WaterMark H2O installed this fire protection water tank for a concrete facility in Clearlake, California.

 

 


Pioneer Water Tanks commercial and industrial fire protection applications


 

All new commercial buildings in Australia have a dedicated fire reserve tank that follows the Design standard AS2419, Australian Standard Code. The AS2304 code describes the required nozzle type and several other extra components with effective capacity relative to the commercial building size.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are utilized for applications such as to fill fire trucks and air support, as the water source for hydrants, to supplement existing water supply, and much more.

 

In the state of Victoria, Australia a series of Pioneer Water Tanks provide a fast, steady source of water for fire trucks and air support.

 

Shepparton, Victoria Australian firefighters using Pioneer Water Tanks to fill fire trucks and air support

The engineering personnel and independent consulting engineers provide professional design and support services. The flexibility of configuration for Pioneer Water Tanks means nozzles, fittings and other accessories can be specified according to local requirements.

The isolation of Australia’s terrain makes for a lack of water distribution outside of major communities and cities. Fire protection and hydrant systems are essential in case of emergencies that may be supplied solely on water tanks. Divine Water Tanks, accredited provider of Pioneer Water Tanks in Queensland, provide water solutions for a variety of applications including necessary fire protection.

 

“Divine Water Tanks are proud to have been involved in the upgrade of fire services for 5 schools around SE and Central Queensland. The project included the installation of various Pioneer Fire Water Tanks which formed part of the fire service upgrades.”http://www.divinewatertanks.com.au/

 

 

Fire conditions in California, Oregon, and Washington can be comparable to the bushfires in Australia. Pacific Northwest states have similar remote communities without water mains who rely on independent water supplies like having a large-capacity Pioneer Water Tank.

 

40,000 gallon water storage tanks on sale
Fire protection Pioneer Water Tank for a Napa Valley vineyard with a 40,000-gallon capacity.

 

Four Pioneer Water Tanks in Napa California for fire protection.
Four Pioneer Water Tanks in Napa California for fire protection.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America is the distributor for the North American markets. We’re ready to supply water storage solutions for residential and commercial applications with our network of accredited providers. Standard Pioneer Water Tanks are available from 5,000 to 1,000,000-Gallons or can be custom-built up to one million gallons.

 

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Sources

1. “Tanks on Trial: Performance of Rainwater Tanks in Bushfire Conditions.” Bushfire CRC, 2010, https://www.bushfirecrc.com/sites/default/files/managed/resource/tanks_on_trial.pdf.

2. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Del Norte Fire Safe Council, 2005.

3. “RESEARCH INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF WATER TANKS IN BUSHFIRE -Bushfire CRC Project D1.” Bushfire CRC, 2007, www.bushfirecrc.com/sites/default/files/managed/resource/water-tank-behavior-bushfires_0_0.pdf.

4. “Gavin’s Story From Freeling South Australia – Pioneer Water Tanks.” Pioneer Water Tanks Australia, 3 Dec. 2019, pioneerwatertanks.com.au/gavins-story-from-freeling-south-australia/.

 

 

Fire Protection Water Storage Solutions Provided by Tanks Alot in Boerne, Texas

On top of all of the irrigation and rainwater harvesting solutions that Tanks Alot offers, they are ready to provide fire protection water storage tanks. Tanks Alot is an accredited dealer of Pioneer Water Tanks as a full-service-provider for a wide range of applications.

The engineered XLE series of Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured to the project needs. Tanks Alot can add and upgrade with fire department connections, seismic engineering, and much more.

A retail center in San Antonio came to Tanks Alot in 2019 in need of enough water capacity to fulfill the local fire marshal fire flow requirements. The space that was allotted for the fire protection water tank had a small space for the diameter without any height restrictions.

Tanks Alot Provided this Fire Protection Water Tank for a Retail Center
Tanks Alot Provided this Fire Protection Water Tank for a Retail Center

Tanks Alot configured an XLE 10/05 Pioneer Water Tank with a 17’ 7” diameter and five-ring tank wall height of 17’ 5” tall. This allowed for a capacity of 31,534-gallons that fulfilled the requirements. The fire protection water tank now stands ready in case of an emergency with the appropriate fire drafting connections and is permitted with the local authority.

When a rural property in the KremKau Divide in Bexar County needed water storage with fire department connections, Tanks Alot provided an XLE 23/02 Pioneer Water Tank. This fire protection water tank is anchored to a concrete ring beam for additional support. The property has 29,093-gallons of water standing ready in case of an emergency that can be connected to by any local fire department.

 

Tanks Alot Provided a Residential Fire Protection Dual Use Water Tank
Tanks Alot Provided a Residential Fire Protection Dual Use Water Tank

 

Recently Tanks Alot provided the Singing Water Vineyards a dual-purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank. The 97,148-gallon capacity water tank will be used for irrigation for the vineyard. The large capacity of Pioneer Water Tanks will enable the vineyard to preserve a backup water supply with a fire department connection in case of emergencies.

Tanks Alot provided the Singing Water Vineyards a dual-purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank
Tanks Alot Provided the Singing Water Vineyards a Dual-Purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank

Family homes in rural areas can also benefit from having a water tank with fire connections. Tanks Alot provided a rainwater harvesting system for the Mata family in the Driftwood, Texas area. The rainwater system collects rainwater off of the home rooftop and conveyed into the Pioneer Water Tank with a wet conveyance system. The XL15/02 Pioneer Water Tank safely stores the rainwater inside with a 20,243-gallon capacity. The rainwater tank includes fire department connections for easy access to water in case of an emergency.

 

Tanks Alot provides water solutions for homes and commercial projects
Tanks Alot Provide Water Solutions for Homes and Commercial Projects

Talk with Tanks Alot about fire protection water storage solutions for businesses and homes in the Boerne, Texas area. They also provide many other products and solutions for irrigation.

Learn more at TanksAlotTX.com or call (830) 331-7330.

 

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Why You’ll Never Complain About Your Pioneer Water Tank Being Too Big, with Harvested Rain Solutions in Austin, Texas

 

Water storage capacity is the supply available, and nobody ever complains about having too much. On average, one-inch of rainwater collected from a 1,000-square foot roof can yield about 600 gallons. Without the proper storage, rainwater collected above the capacity is drained out through an overflow pipe. 

 

Having an above-ground storage tank for a well water system allows the well to work at a lower pressure and surges in use are easily supplied by the storage tank, with the well refilling the tank over a longer period if it’s a lower yield well.  In case of an emergency or for large peak daily use, such as for irrigation, a larger capacity is preferred.

 

Preparedness for fire protection systems and backup water storage also benefits with a larger capacity. Pioneer Water Tanks are the premier large capacity water storage solution for residential and commercial needs.

Fire Protection Water Tank provided by Harvested Rain Solutions for a commercial property in the Austin, Texas area

 

Large capacity concrete and welded water tanks require long installation times with heavy equipment. Pioneer Water Tanks installation advantage is in the engineered construction of the bolted, V-LOCK corrugated tank body that secures the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner inside to protect the water. The bolt-together construction and roof trussing system enable installations in even the most hard-to-reach areas.

 

The cost-efficiency of water storage increases with the capacity so that at a certain point, it just makes more sense to get extra storage for the cost per gallon as compared to a smaller tank. This is why every Pioneer Water Tank owner can tell you that – a tank can never be too big.

 

Ron Van Sickle with Harvested Rain Solutions, based in Austin, Texas, has experience with rainwater systems for homes, businesses, and fire protection. Their rainwater system designs include Pioneer Water Tanks for safe, clean storage. The capacity of Pioneer Water Tanks supplies for the needs of the application.

 

Sometimes, a rainwater system owner will come back to Harvested Rain Solutions for additional storage that they thought that initially, they wouldn’t need. They end up with two or more Pioneer Water Tanks when they could have had a system designed by Ron with one cost-effective large capacity rainwater tank.

“We often hear from clients that “a tank that big will never fill up” – only to have them call and tell me they hate seeing water go out the overflow pipe! It is always more cost-effective to order the next size larger tank than it is to add a second tank of any size.” – Ron Van Sickle, owner of Harvested Rain Solutions

 

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Talk with Accredited Master Dealer Harvested Rain Solutions at (877) 693-2166

 

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Planning for Water Self Sufficiency with a Large Capacity Pioneer Water Tank

The first step to planning water self-sufficiency is to adequately prepare for daily water usage with the capacity for a backup. Estimating household water usage should go as detailed as possible. Every detail from the number of showers and the efficiency of a system can have a drastic effect on the amount of water used.

There are many water usage calculators available online:

– Water Footprint Calculator gives a daily usage estimate: https://www.watercalculator.org/
– Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Usage Calculator: http://people.tamu.edu/~i-choudhury/WCCalc.htm

Planning a water source that supplies the demands of the household becomes a constant balance that can be cushioned with a backup water supply. Although rural properties typically rely on well water, rainwater harvesting has become a popular clean water source in the United States.

> Learn more about rainwater harvesting as a water source

The water source/s supply must be calculated and should be supplemented if the supply cannot meet the demands of the household with a backup.

Rainwater systems calculate the amount of possible rainfall collected with

Supply in Gallons = Inches of Rainfall x 0.623 x Area (square feet) x Runoff Coefficient

 

 

Runoff Coefficients

Character of Surface

High

Low

Roof (metal, gravel, asphalt shingle)

.95

.75

Paving (concrete, asphalt)

.95

.70

Brick Paving

.85

.70

Gravel

.70

.25

Be Prepared with Pioneer Water Tanks

Well water systems are the landowner’s responsibility to ensure the quality of drinking and having enough supply on hand to meet demands. Well records that show historical well yields, depth of the ground surface to the water, maintenance, etc. combined with local government data can indicate water supply.

Implementing an above groundwater storage tank reduces running the pump and gives a consistent water pressure. Well yield is the rate at which a well can be pumped without drawing the water level down to the pump intake, measured in gallons per minute, GPM. Since the well yield depends on the aquifer that it’s drawn from, many outside factors can affect the supply available. To become completely self-sufficient with a well system, it’s necessary to have a backup water source, even the ability to truck in water.

> Learn more about Pioneer Water Tanks for well water systems

Becoming self-sufficient with your water supply is taking responsibility for the quality and supply of water. Reducing outside factors like groundwater quality or utility water sources increases the ability to control supply and demand. Rainwater harvesting, water wells, natural spring water sources have to be balanced with the water demands of the property that includes drinking and domestic needs.

Pioneer Water Tanks provide clean water storage in a large enough capacity to fulfill drinking and domestic needs, along with provided capacity for a backup. Pioneer Water Tanks come standard with our exclusive NSF-61 certified tank liner the AQUALINER® Fresh that keeps water fresh for longer. Fire department connections and other accessories can be added to make your Pioneer Water Tank multi-functional.

Pioneer Water Tanks are implemented worldwide for drinking and domestic water applications. Our clients rely on the consistent clean water supply that Pioneer Water Tanks provide. Our 20-year warranty on the tank body and tank liner guarantees this. Call today and learn more about our network that provides localized service.

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Pioneer Water Tanks New Option to Add Smart Water Savers Increases Rainwater Collection

 

Pioneer Water Tanks is proud to announce the new Smart Water Saver option. Smart Water adds 1.2MM water flow slots to the rooftop allowing for the potential to harvest hundreds of gallons extra of rainwater.

 

The amount of Smart Water Savers that can be added depends on the model of Pioneer Water Tank selected. For an annual rainfall of 23-inches, the XL 23 Pioneer Water Tank can collect around an extra 8,004-gallons from the rooftop addition.

 

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Smart Water Savers are manufactured with Food Grade Material that is UV Stabilized polyethylene. The optional Smart Water Savers are designed with a low-profile concave shape and small 1.2MM slots that help to keep debris from coming in.

See a closeup of a Smart Water Saver with the 1.2MM slots and concave structure that fits in well with the Pioneer Water Tanks roof:

The concave shape fits perfectly into the Pioneer Water Tanks rooftop corrugation that allows the rainwater to flow into the 1.2MM slots for clean storage.

 

Families and businesses choose Pioneer Water Tanks for clean rainwater storage for many reasons. One of the top reasons is the Pioneer Water Tanks exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner. The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is third-party NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage and BPA-free. The National Safety Foundation standards for drinking water are developed by a team of scientists and industry experts to guarantee products worldwide.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks partnered with worldwide leading experts SANITIZED® to embed their antimicrobial technology into the top layer of the tank liner. The SANITIZED® antimicrobial technology actively works against bacterial growth to keep water fresh and clean for longer.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks includes our industry-leading 20-Year warranty on the tank and AQUALINER® Fresh liner. The warranty covers defects in material and/or workmanship resulting in leakage, for 20-Years from the date of installation.

Key Benefits:

• Efficiently catches rainwater from the corrugated tank roof

• Water flow slots are 1.2MM wide to help keep mosquitos and insects out

• TEK screws ensure that it’s firmly fixed to the roof

• Low profile concave shape allows leaves and debris to move over the top, keeping your tank roof clean

• Designed to last with UV stabilized polyethylene

• Designed to be safe with Food Grade material

 

We offer a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a clean water storage solution that will last.

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Safely store clean water in cold weather and in the winter with Pioneer Water Tanks America

Pioneer Water Tanks are engineered to work best within the recommended temperature range of the AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner (-22°F to 158°F) with the option to implement the Industratex® liner that can withstand a constant temperature down to -4°F. For applications outside of our standard temperature range offerings will need a consultation with our design engineers.

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The American Water Works Association (AWWA) generalizes that there are three main causes of water tanks freezing: static water conditions (lack of sufficient water turnover), insufficient tank overflow, and improper design of the structure. Pioneer Water Tanks address these issues within the allotted temperature range with our high quality professional engineered tank designs to be specified into systems for the conditions of the project.

It takes a long time for a larger volume of water to freeze completely, compared to a smaller volume. Implementing larger water storage tanks, like Pioneer Water Tanks, in a system that regularly relies on regular water usage and replacement can prevent freezing in most conditions. The round shape of Pioneer Water Tanks has a smaller surface area as compared to a rectangular or cube-shaped tank, causing less heat loss and providing better insulation.

 

Preparing Pioneer Water Tanks for Cold Weather
Preparing Pioneer Water Tanks for Cold Weather

 

The Pioneer roof structures utilize the strength of square hollow sections, fully welded and post galvanized to build a strong, robust structure. The engineered dome roof structure of Pioneer Water Tanks prevents water buildup since the water rolls off of the slight slope of the roof structure.

The AWWA recommends water tanks with a sloped roof helps to prevent a gradual buildup of ice on top since the water rolls off instead of collecting and freezing.

Pioneer Water Tanks include our 6-inch overflow pipe to prevent tank overflow. Our water storage tanks can be easily configured with ventilation air-flow options to increase water turnover. We offer a wide range of commercial accessories to resolve project requirements including airflow and overflow.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks ventilation air flow options
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The AWWA recommends avoiding insulating the bottom of water tanks since the warm air from below increases the temperature of the tank and prevents the water from freezing. Pioneer Water Tanks are built on concrete ring beams or a clean sand pad base, depending on the application and the location of the project. This allows for the tank liner inside that’s protecting the water to sit on a clean sand pad base, which helps to prevent freezing.

 

Concrete ring beam for Pioneer Water Tanks
Concrete ring beam for Pioneer Water Tanks

 
 

Above ground connecting pipes should be insulated to prevent heat loss and gradual freezing. Chose pipe insulation based on the temperature rating the manufacturer recommends that includes foam pipe wrapping, faucet covers, expanding spray foam, etc.

When preparing your water system for winter, or cold weather, check for leaks or gaps in insulation and fix anything left open to prevent heat loss.

We recommend checking with the water pump manufacturer for specific instructions for pump winterization and maintenance. Sometimes if you work with a contractor, they could have a winterization plan for the water systems they have installed and may also be a resource.

Water storage tanks should have a cold weather plan in place on top of a durable design, like standard and commercial Pioneer Water Tanks. Prepare for cold weather with sufficient water turnover, water overflow and proper tank design with Pioneer Water Tanks America.


 

We offer a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a clean water storage solution that will last.

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Oklahoma Pioneer Fire Protection System Provides Easy Access to Water

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America provided a fire protection system for a commercial property in Durant, Oklahoma in September. The project included Ben Pedraza, Innovative Water Solutions, Hydrona LLC and Tank Builders for a coordinated installation.

 

The fire protection system implements an XLE 60/08 Pioneer Water Tank with a 300,000-gallon capacity. The fire protection tank has a 41 feet and eight-inch diameter with a 27 feet and eight-inch tank wall height.

The fire protection Pioneer Water Tank includes anti-vortex nozzles for easy access to the water supply in case of an emergency. Fire hoses can be attached swiftly to the approved anti-vortex nozzles. The caged ladder and lockable access hatch are engineered to OSHA requirements for the rare occasion that the tank needs to be entered or examined from the top. The supplemented water supply tank was required by the local authority because of inadequate fire flow. The Pioneer Water Tank is now ready to supply water at the required pressure for firefighting.

The coordinated installation achieved the project with the proprietary Pioneer Water Tanks jacking system that doesn’t require the use of heavy machinery. This efficient installation process reduces the count of workers and expensive equipment needed.

The proprietary jacking system can be seen lifting the bottom of the tank during the installation. The next ring is bolted on as the installation progresses.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America supplies NFPA 22 compliant turnkey and custom fire protection water tanks along with our local dealer and installation network. Pioneer Water Tank systems have the option to include engineering submittal drawings as well as engineer wet-stamped project papers for permitting.

 

We provide everything for your fire protection water storage project from design needs to an accredited installation onsite with a warranty to back the tank and tank liner. Our full lines of commercial accessory options can be added to comply with local fire authority requirements and ensure that your water is ready for emergencies.