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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.

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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.

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Only Pioneer Can Provide a Lifetime of Clean Water Storage

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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 CodeUS GallonsDiameterHeight
XLR 044,99011' 0"7' 2"
XLR 089,90715' 5"7' 2"
XLR 1316,39219' 9"7' 2"
XLR 1520,24322' 0"7' 2"
XLR 2329,09326' 4"7' 2"
XLR 3039,62630' 9"7' 2"
XLR 4051,78535' 2"7' 2"
XLR 5065,56739' 6"7' 2"

ONLY PIONEER HAS 30-YEARS OF PROVIDING...

 

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:

 

STANDARD INCLUSIONS

AQUALINER FRESH®

 

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.

GEOTEXTILE UNDERLAY

 

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.

SACRIFICIAL ANODES

 

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.

SUPER SEAL

 

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

6-INCH DIAMETER OVERFLOW

 

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF PIONEER WATER TANKS

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE IN PIONEER WATER TANKS

HEAVY DUTY TRUSSES

 

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.

HIGH TENSILE BOLTS

 

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

WORLD-FIRST ANTIMICROBIAL WATER TANK LINER

 

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.

ZINCALUME STEEL® IS TESTED AND PROVEN TO LAST LONGER

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 CodeUS GallonsDiameterHeight
XLR 044,99011' 0"7' 2"
XLR 089,90715' 5"7' 2"
XLR 1316,39219' 9"7' 2"
XLR 1520,24322' 0"7' 2"
XLR 2329,09326' 4"7' 2"
XLR 3039,62630' 9"7' 2"
XLR 4051,78535' 2"7' 2"
XLR 5065,56739' 6"7' 2"

See the Technical Specifications of the Tank Models

ADD FUNCTIONALITY TO YOUR PIONEER WATER TANK

 

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.

 

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

FIRE HOSE FITTINGS

 

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

BRASS OUTLET AND VALVE

 

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.

FASCIA STRIP

 

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.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS

 

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.

PREMIER PIONEER WATER TANKS PACKAGE

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.

PIONEER WATER TANKS STANDARD COLOR RANGE

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™

Mangrove®

Paperbark®

Surfmist®

Woodland Grey®

Basalt®

Monument®

Pale Eucalypt®

Wallaby®

PIONEER WATER TANKS NON-STANDARD COLOR RANGE

Cove®

Cottage Green®

Deep Ocean®

Dune®

Evening Haze®

Gully®

Ironstone®

Jasper®

Manor Red®

Night Sky®

Shale Grey™

Terrian®

Windspray®

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY FOR WATER TANK INSTALLATION

 

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.

CEMENT RING BEAM SITE PREPARATION

 

 

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.

 

WE'RE READY TO DELIVER AND INSTALL PIONEER WATER TANKS WITH OUR NORTH AMERICAN NETWORK

PROVIDING WATER SOLUTIONS

Learn More about the Applications of Pioneer Water Tanks

WATER STORAGE FOR FIRE PROTECTION

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

TIME SAVING INSTALLATIONS ON PROJECT SITE

 

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.

 

Environment:

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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Providing Long-Lasting Above-Ground Water Storage Solutions

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.

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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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How Much Rainwater Can You Collect From Your Roof?

With only one inch of rainwater, you can collect around 600-gallons off of a 1,500-square-foot roof every time it rains. Using rainwater collection as a water source has been done for thousands of years, with many states have a resurgence of the sustainable practice. In some areas, there are financial incentives and rebates available.

 

    • In Texas, rainwater systems are tax-free. Learn More

 

    • California just passed an amendment to start excluding rainwater systems for property tax reassessment starting in January of 2019. Learn More

 

    • Homeowners in Tucson, Arizona are offered rebate incentives to implement rainwater systems. Learn More

     

        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. Link

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      To Calculate the Rooftop Catchment Area

       

      Calculating the square footage of the rooftop catchment area can provide you for an estimate how much rainwater you can actually collect, and how much you need to prepare to store. The size of the catchment roof area is based on the “footprint” of the roof, which can be calculated by finding the area of the building and adding the are of the roof’s overhang. The below image shows how the difference in roof slope doesn’t always change a building’s catchment area.

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      30-Years of Providing Pioneer Water Tanks

      Pioneer Water Tanks America is celebrating 30-years of providing quality water storage solutions. From now until June 30, 2018, we will be running a contest on our Facebook and Instagram pages for a prize of a Pioneer Water Tanks schwag package including a travel cooler, PWT tank koozie, a BPA-free cup, and a spectacular belt buckle designed especially for Pioneer Water Tanks.

       

      We typically don’t offer our belt buckles outside of our dealer and installer network so this may be your only chance to win this specially created piece.

      Celebrating 30-Years of Pioneer Water Tanks

      Pioneer Water Tanks Travel Cooler

      The Pioneer Prize Package

      The Pioneer Prize Package

      To win, you will need to complete all of the following:

       

      1. Like the Pioneer Water Tanks America Facebook or Instagram Page

       

             Link to Pioneer Water Tanks America Facebook

       

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      2. Like the Pioneer Water Tanks America competition post on Facebook or Instagram

       

      3. Tag two friends who care about clean water on the competition post!

       

       

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      NFPA 22 fire protection standards for water tanks

       

       

      PIONEER FIRE PROTECTION WATER STORAGE

      The NFPA 22 Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection sets the minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of water tanks and their accessories.

      Chapter four of the NFPA 22 Standards for Private Fire Protection covers the general requirements while the other chapters go into depth by the type of water tank.

      General Requirements

      1. Capacity and Elevation (4.1):

      The size and elevation of the water tank are determined by the individual property conditions, after due consideration of all of the factors involved.

      2. Water Sources (4.2):

      The water source for filling the tank needs to be adequate and dependable, with allowance for its reliability in the future. If the water supply from a public service main isn’t adequate in quality, quantity or pressure (measured in fire flow for fire protection)- an alternative water source needs to be provided (like an extra water storage tank on the property).

      One example of San Diego County Fire Authority Minimum Fire Flow Requirements for Fire Protection

      One example of San Diego County Fire Authority Minimum Fire Flow Requirements for Fire Protection

      3. Location of Tanks (4.3):

      The tanks need to be located so that the tank, as well as the structure, are protected from fire exposure in accordance with NFPA 22 standard chapter 4.3.1.1 through 4.3.1.5.

      4. Tank Materials (4.4):

      Water tank materials are limited to steel, wood, concrete, coated fabrics and fiberglass-reinforced plastic tanks.

      5. Workmanship (4.5):

      Tank manufacturers are expected to comply with these requirements set forth as well as providing structures that are proven reliable under all specified conditions. Manufacturers will replace all defective parts due to faulty materials or workmanship as well as provide careful inspection during fabrication and install.

      6. Plans (4.6):

      Contractors will provide stress sheets, plans required, the authority having jurisdiction for approval or for obtaining building permits and licenses. The jurisdiction for approval of layouts will be given complete information covered in NFPA 22 standard chapter 4.6.2.2.

      See the Technical Specifications of the Tank Models

      7. Tank Contractor Responsibility (4.7):

      Experienced contractors will handle all of the necessary work with careful workmanship and expert supervision. The manufacturer shall warranty the tank for at least 1 year from the date of completion. Once the tank is complete, the contractor will test the tank for being watertight and notify the authority for official inspection. Contractors will remove and dispose of any trash on-site, in accordance with NFPA 241.
      Our accredited dealer and installation network are held by contract to the Pioneer Water Tank workmanship standards and expert project supervision. We offer a 20-year warranty from date of completion. The following is one example of an installation in California.

      8. Attachments to Tank Structures (4.8):

      If the water tank will be used to support signs, flagpoles, steel stacks, etc, they need to be specifically designed for that purpose. Each tank shell manway will have a confined entry requirement signposted.

      We offer a full line of optional engineered accessories for multiple water storage applications, including firefighting adapters and nozzles manufactured to NFPA standards.

      9. Lightning Protection (4.9):

      Water tanks will be installed according to NFPA 780 to prevent lightning damage.

      10. Strength (4.10):

      The tank material is required to be without defects that affect its strength or service. The workmanship quality of the tank will be so that defects or injuries aren’t produced during the tank manufacturing or installation.

      The tank structure needs to have the required strength and rigidity set forth.
      Pioneer Water Tanks are third-party tested, certified and warranty-backed for everything stated in our engineering packages.

      11. National Standards (4.11):

      Only tank materials produced and tested in accordance with the requirements of a recognized national standard and within the mechanical (strength), metallurgical, and chemical limitations of one of the material grades specified by NFPA 22 will be permitted.

      12. Loads (4.12):

      Water tank load requirements

       

      a. Dead Load: The dead load will be the estimated weight of all permanent construction and fittings.

       

      b. Live Load: Under normal conditions, the live load will be the weight of all the liquid when it overflows the top of the tank. Provisions will be made for temporary stresses during installation.

       

      c. Wind Load: Under normal conditions, the wind load or pressure will be assumed to be 30 lb/ft2 (147 kg/m2) on vertical plane surfaces, 18 lb/ft2 (88 kg/m2) on projected areas of cylindrical surfaces, and 15 lb/ft2 (73 kg/m2) on projected areas of conical and double-curved plate surfaces.

       

      d. Earthquake Load: Water tank structures will comply with the local building code for seismic requirements.

       

      e. Balcony, Platform, and Ladder Loads: All of the tank structural parts and connections will be designed to withstand loads they will be used for. These specified loads are not be required to be combined with snow loading.

       

      f. Columns and Struts: All steel columns and struts will be designed in conformance with AWWA D100.

       

      g. Stress Increases: When wind or earthquake loads are considered in calculating stresses, the maximum permissible increase in the working unit stresses will be one-third, provided the resulting section isn’t less than what’s required for the dead and live loads.

       

      h. Roof Construction: The tank roof will be designed to withstand the forces anticipated during the installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance.

      13. Welding (4.13):

      Welding will be completed in accordance with AWWA D100, NFPA 241, and ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX.

      14. Roof Standards (4.14):

      All tanks need a roof. The OSHA-compliant standard railing will be placed on the roof manholes and other accessories that require access.

      We offer complete engineering packages and water tank roof plans for Pioneer Water Tanks.

      We offer complete engineering packages and water tank roof plans for Pioneer Water Tanks.

      15. Roof Vent Standards (4.15):

      Steel rooftops that are essentially airtight need a vent above the maximum water level with a corrosion-resistant screen to prevent contamination.

      We offer multiple ventilation accessories for Pioneer Water Tanks.

      We offer multiple ventilation accessories for Pioneer Water Tanks.

      16. Test Reports (4.16):

      Test reports and certificates of compliance will be maintained by the vendor and made available for review by the purchaser.
      Pioneer Water Tanks’ test reports and certificates of compliance are ready for permitting packages by the project.

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      Pioneer Water Tanks America Team

       

       

      Only Pioneer Can Provide a Lifetime of Clean Water Storage

      To Our Dedicated Dealer Network and Clients,

       

      We’re excited to announce that Pioneer Water Tanks Pty Ltd, the Australian manufacturer of Pioneer Water Tanks has entered into an agreement with Mark Pape of USRGI to purchase 100% of the shares in Acer Water Tanks Inc.

       

      Acer Water Tanks has built a reputation amongst its customers for quality products supplied with ethical and professional service across North America. Pioneer Water Tanks is based in Perth Western Australia, and for 30 years has been a trusted manufacturer of high-quality water storage tanks, with a proven history of quality, innovation, and service.

       

      This will lead the way for Pioneer establishing a direct presence in the USA which will allow it to build a strong and sustainable business based on delivering fantastic value to its American network. We look forward to this growth along with continuing to provide advancements in water storage.

       

      Thank you to our extended Dealer Network and Clients,

       

      Daniel Wyatt, General Manager

       

      Scott Barnett, Sales & Projects Manager

       

      Ashlea Keith, North American Director of Operations

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