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The Importance of Fire Protection Water Tanks

Fire is always a risk, and in the rugged wilderness of the Australian Outback, it is vital to have an adequate supply of water to extinguish a fire. The sheer remoteness makes it almost impossible for firefighting teams to act, and if they do manage to get to the property, their supply of water is limited, and having a few million litres on tap that the emergency services can simply hook up to, might just save the property.

  • Level Indicators – With large fire fighting tanks, it is essential to know exactly how much water is being stored, and modern units are all equipped with easy to read indicators and signage. Whether you have the water supply coming from a bore or another source, the refill process can easily be configured, and the user will always know exactly what their water status is.
  • Sturdy Construction – While the tanks can be fabricated into any shape, a circular unit is preferred, and with a corrugated steel outer casing and galvanised steel struts for reinforcement, the storage tanks are built to last, and providing it has been installed to the manufacturer’s specifications, a 20-year warranty would be in place.
  • Lining Solutions – The latest generation of tank liners far surpass anything previously used, and although the water might be primarily for fire fighting, the tank lining will ensure that the same water is fit for drinking and is contamination free. A multi-layered UV rated material is laminated into a scrim, which is then protected with an extra layer of lining, and this ensures the water remains contamination free.
  • Suitable Nozzles – The fittings would typically be in line with Australian standards and the emergency services would be able to instantly connect to your water supply and extinguish the fire before it manages to reach the property. The manufacturer would also be the installer and they are compliant with all the government standards, ensuring that your emergency water supply is always on tap and ready for use.
  • Adequate Size – In order to correctly determine the appropriate size of the tanks, you need to call in the experts, who can also help with rainwater harvesting. It might not rain very often, but when it does, it makes sense to store as much as possible. The tanks start at around 25,000 litre capacity, which would be just under 4 metres in diameter, but for commercial water storage, a tank could hold 2 million litres or more.
  • Correct Installation – While the customer would be responsible for preparing a suitable base, the actual fabrication and installation would be carried out by the manufacturer. Providing certain conditions are met, you can expect a 20-year guarantee on the tank, and with a 5-year inspection, you can be sure that your water storage system is in good working order.

Bush fires can spark up at any time, and without a sufficient supply of water, many properties would succumb. It is for this reason you should consider the worst and ask yourself the question, “Is my fire protection adequate?”

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