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    Pioneer Water Tanks Foundations

    The foundation for Pioneer Water Tanks depends on the location and application of the water storage project. Pioneer Water Tanks may have the option to sit on a clean sand pad base or may be required to be anchored to a concrete ring beam depending on the local authority.

    Accredited Installation

    Our experienced installation network is trained in safe methods of work and disciplined to operate within the strictest client site requirements. Pioneer Water Tanks America may offer professional recommendations for the pre-installation foundation site preparation if they are available in your area.

    Site Preparation

    Site preparation is required to be completed before a Pioneer Water Tanks installation crew arrives on site. Pioneer Water Tanks required guidelines need to be met to prevent any additional cost of remedial works for site preparation that isn’t up to par.

    Pioneer Water Tanks Concrete Ring Beam Foundation

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

    Concrete ring beam outline for Pioneer Water Tanks

    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.

    Concrete ring beam for Pioneer Water Tanks

    The local Pioneer Water Tanks installer needs 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.

    Pioneer Water Tanks Cement Ring Beam Site Preparation


    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.


    Requirements Include:

    • Foundations conditions are adequate
    • Safe bearing capacity should equal or exceed 150kPa
    • The founding materials must be stable (i.e. landfill or active clay may be unsuitable)
    • Most sands and gravels that have been compacted to a reasonable level will be adequate, provided there’s soil beneath.
    • Before you start preparing your site for installation of your tank, Pioneer Water Tanks America also recommends you contact your local authority to see what regulations or restrictions are in place.

    Commercial Pioneer Water Tanks are engineered for durability with increased roof trussing and tank wall reinforcement. Commercial water storage systems utilize the heavy-duty roof that is structurally designed to enable mounting of features such as vents, hatches, and or platforms. We offer engineered designs of Pioneer Water Tanks for seismic areas with anchoring options to the foundation.


    The commercial Pioneer Water Tank system series can be configured to the application with accessory options. Our engineering packages work with local engineering consultants to provide for the permitting.

    Pioneer Water Tanks sand pad foundation

    Before a Pioneer water tank can be installed, a stable foundation must be prepared. There are several important steps to consider when selecting your tank site and preparing the pad:


    1. The sand pad must be level, stable and free of debris before construction. Spirit levels, laser levels, and transit levels are all excellent tools to ensure a level pad.

    2. The sand pad must be at least three feet larger around than the diameter of your tank.

    3. Ensure adequate retaining and drainage are provided before and after completion of the tank, especially for areas with a slope.

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

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

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


    * Check with your local distributor to see if they can provide this additional service. If not, you will need to make sure this is appropriately applied after installation yourself.


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

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      Pioneer Water Tanks America offers our standard water storage tank models with the option to upgrade or addon accessories

      Tank CodeUS GallonsDiameter

      XL 04/02

      4,99011′ 0″

      XL 08/02

      9,90715′ 5″

      XL 13/02

      16,39219′ 9″

      XL 15/02

      20,24322′ 0″

      XL 23/02

      29,09326′ 4″

      XL 30/02

      39,62630′ 9″

      XL 40/02

      51,78535′ 2″

      XL 50/02

      65,56739′ 6″

      XL 50/03

      97,14839′ 6″

      Custom Sizes

      CustomDesigned to Project

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