Why a Smart Water Tank?
Because it makes sense.

The Smart Tank is a complete custom-built water storage tank according to your specifications. Adapt the tank shell, roof sheets, colour and resistance to wind speeds against extreme weather conditions and ship it to anywhere in the world.

Using the latest geomembrane technology, we make sure that the liquid stored inside is not contaminated: the tank is lined with a certified potable liner suitable for human and animal consumption.

Corrugated Steel Tanks
Aquadam supplies a wide range of Zincalume Corrugated Tanks under the Smart Tank brand, for affordable & flexible use in many applications. The special characteristics of the Smart Tank corrugated steel tank are quality, firmness of shape & mechanical strength.
The Smart Tank has been branded under two categories; the Smart Tank Extreme which is your option for a completely customised water storage tank and the Smart Tank Express which is standard tanks sizes obtainable from your nearest authorised dealer or our online shopping chart.

Key Features
Designed to the highest South African standards
Stronger than galvanized tanks that will last longer
Design life of over 50 years
Firmness of shape and mechanical strength
Certified and approved by professional engineer
Modular system that bolts together
Flat pack and easy transportable
Cost-effective, high quality panel-type reservoir
Optional zincalume lightweight roof
Minimum maintenance required

Applications for the tank are as wide as the name suggests: Extreme, with a large selection on sizes and options to adapt the tank to any application.

Exceptional Quality
The Smart Tank design is in accordance to a recognized code of practice, this enables Aquadam to design various custom water tanks for numerous projects according to specific design codes and standards.
The Smart Tank is designed to stand up to aggressive wind loads in specific regions where hurricanes, high winds and thunderstorms occurs regularly. The tank shell can be adapted to your specific needs, we can adapt the wall sheet thickness, roof sheeting and truss design for an even more durable structure when nature comes thundering down.
The steel panels of the tank are coated with a zinc layer on both sides. The corrugated steel sheet is continuously hot dipped in a formulation of Aluminium (55%) Zinc (43.5%) and Silicon (1.5%). The aluminium components of the coating provide a tough physical barrier between the extreme atmospheric conditions and the inner core steel. Zinc has inherent sacrificial properties and corrodes first before the mild steel corrodes.
A lightweight zincalume roof designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 100km an hour can cover tanks. Roofs are fitted with a hatch, internal and external ladder for easy access inside the tank. Tank can also be sealed with felt seal to avoid insects, dust contamination.
All commercial and industrial water storage tanks require the construction of a concrete ring beam footing. It is imperative for the client to ensure that the foundation and civil works for the site are adequate. Ring beam design is dependent on the tank size and location.

Using the latest geomembrane technology, we make sure that the liquid stored inside is not contaminated: the tank is lined with a certified potable liner suitable for human and animal consumption.

Thanks to its corrugated shell and the zincalume coating, the Smart Tank is very durable for inland and coastal conditions.

Having a modular design, The Smart Tank can be shipped anywhere in the world and erected on-site very easily.

The Smart Tank can be produced in optional polymer coated colours that can blend into the environment.

The Smart Tank is designed to withstand wind speeds, thunderstorms and earthquakes.

Multiple Applications
The Smart Tank is suitable for a wide range of applications. In the agricultural sector they are ideal for irrigation, stock and poultry use. Additionally, they are widely used in the Industrial and Mining sector, for rural and domestic water storage, grain storage, waste water treatment plants, township development and for storing potable water in security estates. Furthermore, they can be used for certain chemical storage applications depending on the liner type and the chemical being stored. What’s more, their exceptional fireproofing qualities make The Smart Tank Extreme is ideal for firewater storage tanks.

Can South Africa still survive the water scarcity crises after the ratings downgrades?
According to Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the Water Research Commission and Xhanti Payi, economist and founder of Nascence Advisory and Research, South Africa needs a robust water resilience strategy if it wants to implement government’s plan to fund water infrastructure in a climate of water scarcity, amid the ratings downgrades by Moody’s and Fitch in April 2020.

In his budget speech for 2020, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni said that in or for the country to grow to its full potential while facing the ongoing challenges we face, we need to do things that will help in the medium to long run, mentioning the need to provide just the right amount of water. Our money, he said, must be invested properly.
It was announced at the time that the government would inject R10-billion into the infrastructure fund over the next three years to support the R200-billion capacity that is to be built under the Development Bank of South Africa.

A National Treasury document, Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness, offers some appreciation for the relationship between water and the economy. Investment in water security is vital to enable economic growth.

The downgrading by Moody’s of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade, as well as a further downgrade by Fitch, presents serious constraints to the government’s plans to fund the badly needed water supply infrastructure.

Large water infrastructure projects such as Lesotho Phase II and the Umzimvubu dam have debt capital funding models with state guarantees. Unfortunately state guarantees are highly susceptible to downgrades which puts the country’s ability at risk to deliver on the social projects and making water available for economic growth and development. For this to happen, serious investment from home and abroad is required to invest in new technologies and processes of water purification. With the need for potable water growing on a daily basis in South Africa, there still is a high potential for good returns. However, that would require that wasteful expenditure in the water sector is curbed and that the political will must exist to work closely with the private sector.
An inability to develop new infrastructure and ensure long-term water security would cost the country heavily in terms of Gross Domestic Product. The government, therefore, has a monumental task ahead to ensure that its people and industries don’t run dry.

Excerpt from the Business Maverick, April 2020 (Edited Aquadam).

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