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Domestic Water Storage for Emergencies

There are many benefits to using storage tanks to meet onsite water storage needs, including emergency water storage. In some cases, emergency water storage is required to accommodate times when municipality water may not be available, like during a natural disaster. Healthcare facilities, in particular, are often required to have an Emergency Water Supply Plan to prepare for a total or partial interruption to the facility’s water supply. Events like earthquakes could cause a water supply to fail. In these situations tanker-transported water may not be an option.

The CDC issues a publication titled, “Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities.” Section 7.2 states that facilities should identify and categorize any nearby water storage tanks that could serve as an emergency source of potable water.

Highland Tank’s potable and non-potable water storage tanks are an effective and economical way to store water for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial installations. These tanks allow for on-site redundant water supply which can be critical to maintaining operation during

Highland Tank’s water storage tanks can be installed aboveground, inside the facility, or underground to accommodate potential seismic activity, among other factors. The strength and flexibility of steel provide secure and long-lasting water storage.

Our tanks range in size from 185 gallons to 70,000 gallons. The large capacity tanks offer effective storage for healthcare facilities. Some factors to consider when sizing water storage tanks for emergency use include:
• Size of facility – how many acres, number of beds
• Other ancillary support buildings
• Average consumption
• Water used by entire facility
• Water used by acute care (critical and noncritical functions)
• Water used by HVAC units

Highland Tank’s potable water storage tanks are constructed to the highest standards to ensure safe, contamination-free environment. NSF, UL, and AWWA compliant protective linings and coatings are factory-applied and form a barrier for both the interior and exterior surfaces of the tank to prevent corrosion. Full article.

Learn more about our water storage tanks.

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