Choosing a Water Tank for Your Factory

Take a minute to think about how often you use water in your factory. With water conservation a hot topic across Southern Africa – and the world for that matter – the importance of a water conservation strategy for each South African business cannot be stressed enough. Whether to store grey water for repurposing, or for ensuring that there is a reservoir of fresh water on-site should the taps run dry for whatever reason, a water tank is a vital addition to any South African industrial site. Here’s what to consider when choosing your ideal factory water tank:


What to Consider When Choosing a Factory Water Tank

There are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the ideal water reservoir tank for your factory:

Your Surrounding Climate

The first consideration when choosing the perfect water storage tanks for your factory is to take a look at the climate your factory finds itself in.

For example, cyclonic water tanks are more suited to areas where heavy winds blow a lot of the time. These tanks are secured with heavier hold-down brackets, and its side panels and roof sheets are substantially thicker than the average water storage tank.

If heavy weather conditions are not an issue at your factory, but you get the odd bout of rains now and then, a Zincalume® water tank would do just fine. These industrial water tanks are comprised of steel panels that are hot dipped and coated with an alloy of 55% aluminium, 1.5% silicon and 43.5% zinc – rendering them highly resistant to corrosion.


Your Available Space

The next consideration when looking into a water tank for a factory is your available space. Industrial plants come in many shapes and sizes, and you’d ideally want a factory water tank that fits seamlessly into your existing infrastructure.

By choosing a water tank supplier that understands your unique industry needs and necessities, you can ensure that your factory’s water conservation solution is perfectly matched to your industrial water requirements – regardless of how much space you have for it.


How Much You Can Spend

This is something most people will want to find out off the bat – exactly what their factory water tank will cost them. Contrary to popular belief, there actually are options when it comes to finding the right water conservation solution.

Most large water tank suppliers worth their salt should offer you both standard water tanks and budget-friendly water tanks for your factory. Keep in mind that a factory water tank is a long-term investment, so if you can – choose a water storage tank that will cater to your needs as your business grows.


What’s in Store for the Future

As the above point mentions, a final consideration when choosing a water tank for your factory is where you see your business years from now. The last thing you want is to opt for a smaller water tank (in terms of water capacity), only to grow your operation to the point where the small water tank no longer caters for your needs.

Choosing the ideal factory water tank isn’t easy – but it can be! When partnering with SBS Tanks, you can rest assured that we’ll match your unique needs and vision with the perfect water conservation solution for your context. Take the first step to wiser water usage at your factory and connect with SBS Tanks today!

How Water Affects the Economic Climate of South Africa

  • The industries that suck most of SA’s water are the agricultural, mining and afforestation 
  • Water scarcity affects SA’s economic growth, as well as the success of key economic contributors 
  • By utilising repurposed water and water capture solutions, industries can reduce their dependence on SA’s water stores


In an article discussing the affects of water scarcity on a nation’s economy, Global Risk Insights reveals that the pinch is felt in more than one sector. Agriculture is understandably one of the worst-hit industries, but water scarcity has negative implications for the very growth of a country’s economy – something crucial for the continuation of an ever-growing population. This article looks at who uses the most water, how water scarcity affects the greater South African economy, and how we can solve the South African water crisis:


Our Water Intensive Industries


South Africa’s biggest water user is the agriculture sector. Irrigation soaks up 59% of South Africa’s water, sprinkling and spraying it over thousands of hectares of budding crops destined for stores the world over.

Mining and Bulk Industry

While urban and rural use of water comes in at second on‘s water usage list (25%), third is the mining and bulk industry sectors – where water use is operationally non-negotiable.


Ironically, planting more trees can sometimes be a bad thing. As far as the impact on SA’s water use is concerned, afforestation takes 3.7% of water stores annually. Luckily, as our dependence on paper declines, so to should this percentage.

Power Generation

Coming in at 2.2% of water use in South Africa is the power generation sector. Powering our lamps, televisions and smartphone chargers takes a lot of hard work – and more water than you’d think.


How Water Shortage Affects Big Industry

Whether farming sheep and cattle, or fruits and vegetables, water is used at many a step in the cultivation process. The less water farms have to irrigate, the less crops they can irrigate, which affects their export numbers and ultimately their bottom line.

Mining and bulk industrial processes feel the affects of water shortage too, as scarecity leads to an increase in overheads – while operations are often obstructed due to water shortage, affecting overall productivity.

In the manufacturing sector, water restrictions directly affect productivity by capping output. The food industry of Cape Town is currently in full-blown crisis, as establishments are shutting their doors due to lack of water.

On a positive note, water crises present unique opportunities for advancement. As we become more and more dependent on alternative water sources, these technologies (desalienation plants, water storage tanks, greywater harvesting, etc.) are getting better, and becoming more accessible.


What Water Scarcity Means for South Africa

The South African top three GDP contributors are, in order of importance, agriculture (including forestry), mining, and manufacturing. Water shortage affects industry productivity, reducing outputs and affecting the economy through smaller GDP contributions.

Tourism accounts for around 2.9% of South Africa’s GDP, and the Cape Town water crisis has revealed just how water shortages can affect a destination’s appeal – both for tourists and investors. The fewer the tourists, the less foreign currencies are being exchanged and spent in SA’s most popular tourist destinations.

The property and urban development markets have taken a serious knock in recent years, with fewer investors willing to inject capital into areas where basic human needs (like access to clean water) aren’t being met.

In a nutshell, water scarcity negatively affects the South African economy across many sectors – and the longer the elephant in the room is ignored, the sooner it’ll sit on us.


How we can Improve the Water Situation

So, we’ve taken a look at which South African industries use the most water, as well as how water scarcity affects them (and the greater South African economy). The outlook is bleak, but by no means critical.

Alternative water sources are already being effectively utilised across many of the industrial spheres mentioned above. Industrial greywater reporposing solutions and desalienation plants are turning the tide on this South African water crisis in a meaningful way.

By capturing rainwater wherever possible, through the use of water storage tanks, we can make best use of a precious commodity that literally falls from the sky and into our laps.

Let’s save our South Africa, one drop at a time…