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Why Water Tanks Are Essential In Construction

Water is an essential component in the construction industry. Regardless of the structure being built, water is required in numerous activities, including pond filling, concrete batching, drilling, cleaning wastes, dust suppression, and piling.  

According to estimates, about 350 liters of water are needed to build a one-square-meter wall. Imagine how much is consumed in large-scale projects like skyscrapers, expansive buildings, bridges, and roads.    

With that said, whether in some remote area or within the city center, construction projects must have reliable access to water.   

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Two plastic underground storage tanks placed below ground for harvesting a rainwater.

Different Types Of Construction Water Tanks 

Depending on the construction needs, the water supply can come from storage tanks that are either assembled or directly installed. Its different types are:

  • Masonry or concrete tank: This construction water storage option can be made in any size or shape. However, it’s often time-consuming to build and prone to leakages and contamination without a proper seal.    
  • Galvanized iron (GI) tank: GI tanks are known for their durability and fire-resisting properties. These massive containers can be used and reused without affecting the quality of stored water. 
  • Stainless steel tank: This water storage solution is corrosion-resistant and durable, like GI containers. However, stainless steel tank is pricier than galvanized iron. 
  • Plastic tank: This is the most preferred option in construction projects because it’s cheap, durable, and easy to transport and assemble. However, it must be kept from excessive heat and direct sunlight to preserve water quality.      

Concrete tanks are suitable for bigger projects, while mid-sized construction projects can benefit from durable plastic tanks that can be installed on the back of a truck or steel, which can be assembled or transported to the site.   

AdobeStock 215125686Why Construction Water Tanks Are Necessary For Construction Sites 

Construction sites are one of the many industries with huge water requirements. Virtually all stages in erecting a structure need water, from site preparation to pre-and post-construction. More importantly, water is every construction worker’s fundamental need, making it all the more necessary in worksites.    

  • Construction Water Tanks Boost Activities 

All projects need construction water tanks as they enable numerous activities. According to estimates, optimal water requirements happen during the cement and sand mortar preparation and wall curing before and after plastering. Worksites also need water for laying tiles, compacting road layers, soak-away testing, concrete batching, and many other functions. In short, several stages of construction processes will come to a halt without adequate water, compromising the entire project. That can happen whether the activity involves residential improvement projects or commercial establishments.    

  • Tanks Help Regulate Water Consumption

Instead of relying on taps and wasting precious water from excessive usage, construction supervisors can advise their staff to use water tanks to store rainwater, quarry ponds, and dams. Doing so can help reduce water consumption and bills incurred by the worksite, translating to operational savings.  

High-quality and potable water are paramount only when used for the staff’s drinking, bathing, and cooking activities. Apart from these essential needs, water for construction purposes like dust suppression, cleaning and washing pieces of equipment, or drilling and piling, don’t need to be clean and free from microorganisms. Thus, they can be extracted from other sources besides the municipal or city water system.  

  • Water Tanks Supply Workers’ Basic Needs 

The construction industry is heavily reliant on human resources to work. Globally, there is a mixed projection of how the construction sector will fare in the shortages. However, countries worldwide have reported two main issues that could hamper the sector’s growth: labor and skills shortages and supply chain problems.  

Companies must then work to attract new talents and keep existing workers by making worksites safer and better. One way to create a great worksite is by providing the workers with enough supplies like water.  

As an essential human need, water should be available whenever they need it and wherever they may be. Instead of regularly purchasing bottled water, you can construct, assemble, or rent water tanks on-site, where workers can refill their reusable containers.  

  • Water Tanks Help Maintain Sanitation   

Maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation remains a priority for a healthy workforce. Besides keeping your employees well-fed and hydrated, workers must have clean toilets, washing areas, and sinks to reduce the risks of diseases and sickness. 

Water tanks can be integrated into your sanitation facilities so the staff can have a place to clean and relieve themselves. Sinks can also serve as a washing and hydration area for your workers, so long as they’re placed in strategic locations and are connected to the water tanks. These provisions prevent health issues and show how the company values the staff by keeping them comfortable.   

Concluding Thoughts 

Water is indeed life, and water tanks offer the best solution for providing workers with reliable water access. Besides being used in various stages of the construction activity, this precious fluid is fundamental to a project’s success. Without water, people can’t work, and building activities can’t keep moving.  

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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