Climate change drives new focus on hygienic tank protection

Protection of process solutions and particularly water storage is more important than ever, through increasing wet and dry cycles. In Australia, this summer is forecast to produce more rain in many areas.

As Australia looks forward to the prospect of a wetter-than-usual summer in many parts of the country, many public utilities and private industries have been preparing to harvest and safeguard water to safeguard against drier times in the future.

Laurie Green, managing director of Cut To Size Plastics, said: “Open storage tanks are obviously one area of concern, inviting evaporation and airborne pollution of both a chemical nature and from flourishing birdlife. With climate change, water is becoming too valuable to waste.”

Green, who has seen tank design evolve over decades as a leader in tough engineered non-polluting and also food-grade plastics, both manufacturing long-life tanks and, through his subsidiary Hercules Engineering, helps develop tank top bearings to help protect their contents.

He highlighted that storage tanks today can hold upwards of 10, 20 or even 30,000 tons of liquid that must be protected from the elements and from pollution to safeguard it for use in water, wastewater, emergency fire protection and high purity industrial processing applications.

“Not only are tanks being built to hold their contents more safely and securely than ever before, as awareness rises about water wastage and product purity, but also they are expected to do it for longer and in more challenging and generally warmer environments. Steel, concrete and fibreglass tanks need secure roofs that can withstand expansion and contraction caused by factors such as increasing climatic and load variations,” said Green, whose subsidiary company, complements Cut To Size’s tank construction with sliding roof bearing to account for thermal expansion and contraction and structural load variations.

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