Storing and moving certain types of fluids is a necessity for any site, while it is very beneficial to do so for other types of liquid. For example, you have to have some system for septic waste. You can also benefit greatly from storing rainwater.
Septic tanks are often looked at when sewage services are lacking or wanting in an area. As for rainwater, people often invest in above-ground storage tanks. These are all fine for their respective jobs, but sometimes solutions in this field lack hardiness and flexibility.
The answer to those problems is the modular conservancy tanks, one of our most popular product ranges. Let’s explore why these tanks are rapidly replacing many above- and below-ground storage solutions:
What is a conservancy tank?
Keeping things simple, a conservancy tank does not have an overflow or outlet. That means whatever goes in there stays in there until it is pumped into another area.
This differs from other tank designs, which will link to an outlet such as a master sewage pipe or ground distribution system. They are a link in a chain. Conservancy tanks can also play that role, but they are not actively looking at dispelling their contents. This is for good reason: when something enters a conservancy tank, you want it to stay there until you move the contents.
A typical example is sewage pumping: when operators arrive to empty a septic tank with a large pump, they are likely emptying a conservancy tank. But this can apply to other liquids as well. Conservancy tanks come in many design types. The specific distinction is that conservancy tanks provide storage.
Why use a conservancy tank?
Many liquid-storage solutions are temporary, meaning they expect their contents will move on soon. This is a key difference, because such tanks operate on a lower storage threshold. They never quite experience the different pressures that a longer-term storage solution does.
What does that mean? A typical tank will gather and dispel its contents at regular intervals. But months, even years, might pass between a conservancy tanks full and empty states. It needs to handle that back and forth for a long time. These place unique structural pressures on the tank, which is why many tanks fail when they are used for conservancy but not designed for it. A common example are concrete tanks: though hardy, concrete tanks need a lot of treatment and maintenance to retain their storage ability.
Using the right plastic polymers is an overall better bet than concrete. That said, plastic alone is not enough. There is a second trick conservancy tanks have…
Will it last?
Though not unique to them, there is one feature all good conservancy tanks have: reinforcement. This is typically obvious from support ribs along the side. Conservancy tanks don’t just need to be strong – they must be stronger than other tanks.
It relates to where tanks often go. While conservancy tanks can be kept above ground, they are really best for going under the earth. This makes them less intrusive, as well as allows gravity to do a lot of the liquid hauling to the tank. But the ground exerts a lot of pressure on tanks, especially when they are empty. Underground tanks are twisted and pushed from all angles.
Some tanks avoid problems because they are never empty. But conservancy tanks should be emptied and filled as required. This means a good conservancy tank will last underground even if it is empty, thanks to the reinforcement. If your tanks don’t have ribs, they won’t handle mother earth’s punches.
Conservancy tanks can be bought in many sizes: from enough for a home to an entire estate or industrial site.