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6 Uses for Bolted Steel Tanks on a Farm

[Posted on September 30, 2016 by Gulf Coast Tanks & Construction]

6 Uses for Bolted Steel Tanks on a Farm


Bolted steel tanks are an affordable and versatile alternative to welded steel or concrete tanks for many applications, including manufacturing facilities, municipal water systems, wastewater systems, concrete plants and the oil industry, but they are especially valuable in farm and ranch settings. They can be used to store either liquids or dry goods, and can be constructed to meet USDA and FDA standards for potable water and food storage systems.

Compared to concrete and welded steel tanks, they are quick and easy to install, extremely durable, easy to repair and they are even expandable as storage requirements increase. They are constructed in small sections then shipped to the installation site, where they are bolted together with the appropriate hardware to secure the tank’s contents.

Bolted steel tanks are available many sizes, from a few thousand gallons to over a million, and can be custom-built to meet the installation requirements at the site, with taller tanks available for narrow spaces and wider tanks available for areas with height restrictions. Because they can be installed quickly, with minimal labor, both installation costs and downtime are minimized.

Bolted steel tanks are perfect for many applications on farms and ranches, and here are just a few examples of how they can be used:

1) Potable Water Storage

With no access to municipal water systems, farms often rely on one or more wells to supply water for household and farm use. Depending on the quality and the production capabilities of the well and its equipment, storage tanks may be beneficial or even necessary to collect water from the well on a continual basis and store it for future use, acting as a buffer for wells that have lower flow rates. Bolted steel tanks can be used to store and treat drinking water for household use and any other applications that require potable water. These tanks can be assembled from coated carbon steel, galvanized steel or stainless steel, depending on the quality of the water required and the local, state and federal regulations that are applicable. Bolted steel tanks can easily be made to conform to USDA, FDA and NSF Standard 651 requirements for drinking water storage, and are available in a variety of sizes and configurations.

2) Agricultural Water Storage

Bolted steel tanks can also be used for the storage of non-potable water, which can be used to water crops, provide drinking water for livestock, or for manufacturing purposes or cleaning purposes. They can also be used in dry areas to collect rainwater from large roof areas for later use on the farm. For non-potable purposes, bolted steel tanks do not necessarily need to meet USDA or FDA regulations, and can be made from more economical materials and finishes. They are available in a variety of sizes and can be customized for particular uses, adding valves, manhole covers and other fittings where appropriate.

3) Wastewater Storage

In some areas, farm runoff and wastewater must be controlled to prevent erosion, reduce the formation of muddy spots, prevent pollution or to comply with local ordinances. Bolted steel tanks can store wastewater from field runoff, or rinsewater from cleaning or manufacturing processes and even sewage. They can be used to simply store the wastewater until it can be disposed of, or they can be used during a water treatment process to clean the wastewater. For wastewater purposes, bolted steel tanks can be built with upgraded Buna-N gaskets, galvanized or stainless hardware and rubber-coated hardware to prevent leaks, corrosion and chemical reactions.

4) Grain Storage

Once harvested, silos and other structures are often used to dry and store grain and other food products until they are ready to be sold or used for other purposes, such as planting during the next season. Food-grade bolted steel tanks are often used to store dry goods for human consumption, such as grains like corn, wheat, rice or oats. They can also be used to store foods for processing, such as apples or potatoes, as well as processed goods such as cornmeal or flour. For other purposes, such as storing seeds for future crops or grains for animal feed, standard, non-food-grade bolted steel tanks can be used.

5) Food-Grade Liquid Storage

On dairy farms, orchards or citrus groves, food-grade bolted steel tanks can be used for the storage of liquids like fruit juice or milk prior to transportation or processing. These tanks must be built to USDA and FDA standards, and are often made from materials such as stainless steel for hygienic purposes. They can be custom-built to work in indoor or outdoor applications and are available in a variety of sizes to match the production and storage requirements for operations of any size.

6) Dry Bulk Storage

A variety of non-food products for farm or ranch uses can also be stored in bolted steel tanks, which can be customized for easy loading and unloading of the contents. Sand or salt can be stored for winter use on icy roads, and top soil can be stored for planting purposes. Saw dust and wood chips can be stored for use as bulking agents or for crop covers, and hay can be stored for animal feed or bedding. A wide variety of other dry goods can be stored, as well.

Bolted steel tanks are a versatile, long-term storage solution for either liquid or dry goods, and compared to alternatives like concrete or welded steel tanks, they are economical and easy to install. They are perfect for farms and ranches, whether they are small, family-run businesses or large industrial operations, and with the ability to be easily repaired and even expanded in the future, they are a wise investment.