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Maintaining an Underground Potable Water Tank

Maintaining an Underground Potable Water Tank

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Underground potable water tanks can be a cost-effective way to store healthy drinking water, but only if they are maintained properly. To reduce operating costs and conserve water, tanks must be inspected, cleaned, and maintained regularly. Documentation must be accurate, consistent, easy to analyze, current, and accessible to be a  … Read More

Preventing Water Loss in Storage Tanks

Preventing Water Loss in Storage Tanks

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A 49-year-old water storage tank leaking water eventually led the town of Chapmanville, WV, to replace its 75-year old water distribution system in 2015. Eventually, it learned that the town’s distribution lines were also leaking like sieves. Together, the distribution lines and leaking storage tank were losing more than half  … Read More

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

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Fire flow needs and regulations have always dominated the metrics for sizing the water storage capacity of a municipality or business. But these days, climate change, drought, and population growth have entered the picture as additional factors requiring consideration.  … Read More

Cementitious Coatings for Tanks In Special Applications

Cementitious Coatings for Tanks In Special Applications

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Non-potable hot water and cold water storage can present different challenges due to the temperature of the stored water itself. AmTech developed its HydraStone cement lining for use on steel hot water tanks after the tanks’ original cementitious or thin mil epoxy linings have failed. The manufacturer points out that  … Read More

Maintaining Storage Tanks

Maintaining Storage Tanks

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An integral ingredient in maintaining the health of a water supply tank is a good inspection according to tank manufacturers and consultants. In the words of George Mead, municipal sales director with Tank Connection in Parsons, KS, “Nothing fabricated and installed will continue to operate without inspections.”

Some states have created regulations  … Read More

A Cascading Failure

A Cascading Failure

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More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies dismissed concerns that the spillway at Oroville Dam could erode during heavy winter rains. But on February 12, more than 185,000 people were evacuated from areas downstream of the dam, because of concern over its structural  … Read More



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