One of the most common reasons our customers need to store a material is because it is dangerous and could harm the environment if “let loose”. Storage tanks are often used to separate dangerous materials from the environment. Many industrial projects generate waste that must be appropriately partitioned from the local environment. Fracking, agriculture, manufacturing and production, these are just some of the areas that generate dangerous waste.
Fortunately, ModuTank offers a solution for these challenges. Even strong acids and bases can be safely tucked away in our storage solutions.
Many operations create too much waste to be stored in small-scale storage tanks. Even if you have standard 10,000 or 20,000 gallon tanks, you may find that they are quickly overwhelmed. Such smaller storage tanks are impractical in many cases. Further, costs can add up quickly.
Could you imagine if millions of gallons of runoff or waste water leaked into the environment? Sadly, such incidents can occur, especially if the materials were not properly stored. However, by implementing proper storage, leak detection, and secondary containment, you can dramatically lower the risks of accidentally contaminating the environment.
Building A Safe Containment System
All three components, meaning primary storage, secondary storage, and leak detection, work in sync. First, you need to have a proper primary storage system implemented. ModuTanks and EconoTanks are great options because they are membrane lined, hot-dip galvanized steel structures. The steel is coated in zinc, which in turn is resistant to corrosion. This addresses the primary weakness of steel: it is vulnerable to certain types of corrosion.
Besides being coated with zinc, ModuTanks and EconoTanks can be equipped with a variety of liners. Some liners are can be used for potable water. Other liners can be designed to resist acids and other corrosive materials. Selecting the right liner is important. XR5, for example, is designed specifically for corrosive materials, such as acids. Other commonly used liners include: HDPE, LLDPE and polypropylene.
Next, you can set up secondary containment. This can be another line of defense within an EconoTank or ModuTank enclosure. Or, if you are using a different type of storage, such as an enclosed tank, you can set up a ModuTank around the tank itself. Should the primary system fail, the secondary containment will contain the leaked materials.
Finally, you can set up leak detection systems to detect leaks if and when they occur. This will allow you to react quickly before a major leak occurs. By combining all three elements you will dramatically reduce the risk of leaks.