Why Steel-Reinforced Water Tanks are Better

With technological advancements in the water conservation industry, water tanks are being manufactured using a wide range of materials – each with their benefits and pitfalls. This article looks to explain why steel-reinforced water tanks are better, by looking at a few benefits they offer:

  • Steel water tanks last longer & are more durable
  • Steel-reinforced water tanks can be built bigger & better
  • Steel water tanks are much easier to repair & maintain

Benefits of Steel-Reinforced Water Tanks


Modern steel-reinforced water tanks, like our SBS Tanks Standard Range, use special steel compositions to make water tanks more durable and increase their life span. We use a compound called Zincalume® for our steel water tanks, which consists of 55% aluminium, 43.5% zinc, and 1.5% silicon.

Not only is Zincalume® light-weight and versatile, but it offers unsurpassed corrosion-resistance. In fact, this material is four times more corrosion-resistant than galvanised steel. Plastic water tanks become brittle after prolonged exposure to the elements – but not steel-reinforced water tanks!



Since steel-reinforced water tanks are built using panels of steel and inner linings, the size of the tank only really depends on the available space on-site! Steel water tanks can be manufactured in any size, like our MASSIVE 2Ml SBS water tank installed for the Theewaterskloof municipality.

Most plastic tanks are what we call injection moulded. Manufacturers will squirt liquid plastic into a negative water tank mould – which sets in the shape of the finished water tank. Since moulds themselves are limited in terms of size, the tanks they produce can’t get bigger than a certain size.



The problem with injection-moulded water tanks is that, should they become damaged or brittle over time, the only fix is often to replace the entire unit. However, a water tank is something that should be built to last for years and years.

In contrast, steel-reinforced water tanks are constructed piece by piece, which means that should there ever be an issue – individual parts can be removed and repaired or replaced with relative ease.


SBS Tanks is whole-heartedly dedicated to providing superior liquid storage solutions, that are able to withstand harsh weather conditions, in South Africa and across the globe. Connect with SBS Tanks today and find out more about our world-class steel-reinforced water tanks!

Common Water Tank Questions Answered

With water becoming one of the scarcest resources on planet Earth, the age of the water storage tank has arrived. Water tanks are necessary to ensure a reliable source of clean water should the municipal pipes run dry. We receive tonnes of water tank questions every week, so this article looks to answer some of these. Got a question we haven’t answered below? Connect with SBS Tanks today and we’ll gladly shed some light for you!


What is a water tank?

Simply put, a water tank is a container that can hold and store liquids (in this case, water).

What is a rainwater tank?

This is a water tank that has been hooked up to a building’s gutter system to capture and store rainwater.

Are all water tanks round?

While most residential and industrial water tanks are cylindrical, water tanks can be rectangular, square, spherical and even triangular!

How big is a water tank?

How long is a piece of string? Water tanks range from small 100-litre tanks through to massive water storage tanks like our huge 2Ml (ST31-06) water tank installed for the Theewaterskloof Municipality.

What are water tanks made from?

It depends on the size and location of the water tank. Most residential water tanks are plastic, while our SBS Tanks are made from long-lasting Zincalume®.

Can water tanks be used for grey water?

Most certainly! The only difference between grey water and fresh water is that grey water has been used already (dish washing, bathing, etc). Grey water can be stored in a water tank, just be sure not to drink from it!

Where can water tanks be used?

Water tanks are commonly installed at manufacturing plants, factories, schools, hotels, government buildings, rural communities and at residential homes. Wherever people use water, that’s where a water tank can be used.

Do water tanks require maintenance?

Not really, however we at SBS Tanks suggest you get someone to take a look at your water tank at least once a year.

Are water tank installations DIY?

Smaller water tanks are relatively easy to install yourself, however we at SBS Tanks recommend getting your water tank installed by industry professionals.

Does a water tank have to be covered?

Yes, it does. This ensures that the water remains clean and free from bugs, leaves, twigs and other things that could cause trouble within the water tank itself.


A water storage tank is a good idea in any context (especially in South Africa at the moment). Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right, and SBS Tanks is whole-heartedly committed to ensuring that all South Africans have access to this precious commodity. Connect with SBS Tanks today and find out how our water tanks can make a difference in your community!

5 Benefits of a Rainwater Harvesting Tank:

While flash flooding and isolated thunderstorms skew this figure, on average, South Africa receives around 450ml of rainfall per year. With the global average sitting at a much higher 860ml of rainfall per year, South Africa requires serious rainwater harvesting solutions so that what little rain we do get isn’t – excuse the pun – sent down the drain. Let’s look at five real benefits of a rainwater harvesting tank:

  • There’s a large amount of back up water available should the taps run dry
  • Municipal infrastructure dependence can be greatly reduced
  • A rainwater harvesting tank can boost the value of your property
  • Rainwater storage solutions can improve a company’s public image
  • Rainwater is captured efficiently instead of going to waste

Water on demand.

Doomsday preppers aren’t the only ones ensuring they have a store of clean water on their properties. A rainwater harvesting tank means that there will always be a reservoir of water on-site for when the taps run dry. This could come in handy should your area be due for major municipal water infrastructure upgrades at some point.

More independence.

As mentioned above, a rainwater harvesting tank with sufficient filtration allows access to clean water when the municipal taps run dry for whatever reason. This means that, should you have enough water storage capacity for your property’s water requirements, you could reduce or completely remove your reliance on the municipal water infrastructure!

Higher property value.

There’s no two ways about it – one of the biggest benefits of a rainwater harvesting tank is that it could contribute to your property being sold for a higher price than it would without a water storage solution in place. This is particularly true in the case of commercial properties, where there’s a higher level of water usage per month.

Improved public image.

Utilising eco-friendly water infrastructure could seriously improve a company’s public image, especially if that company uses large quantities of municipal water within a community. A rainwater harvesting tank shows that a brand is water-conscious, which in turn shows good corporate responsibility and ultimately places a brand favourably in the minds of its existing and potential customers.

Less water wastage.

Ever stopped to look at how much water flows from your building’s gutters and into your drains when it rains? We’re talking about hundreds and hundreds of litres of wasted water per hour of rainfall! One benefit of a rainwater harvesting tank is that you’re able to harvest all that rainwater before it disappears, and use it to reduce your building’s water dependence.


SBS Tanks understands that water is precious, and that current municipal water infrastructure struggles to provide clean water consistently. The problem is water insufficiencies; the solution is a rainwater harvesting tank! Connect with SBS Tanks today to learn more.

How Rainwater Storage Tanks Uplift Rural Communities

With a rapidly changing global climate, rainfall is becoming more and more haphazard – and when the rains don’t come, it’s the rural communities that are hit the hardest. Without proper rainwater harvesting solutions in place, when the rain does fall, only a small percentage of it will be captured. Let’s look at how rainwater storage tanks can benefit rural communities across the world:

  • People don’t have to walk far distances for low-quality, contaminated water
  • Community subsistence farming efforts can be expanded and improved
  • Public spaces can be beautified and improved with more plantlife

Easier Water Access.

Without sufficient municipal water infrastructure, residents of rural communities are often forced to travel far distances (mostly by foot) to get their daily household water supply. Trekking with buckets and basins aplenty, residents are not always guaranteed access to water – as multiple communities might draw from the same water source.

With large rainwater storage tanks collecting and safeguarding rainwater within rural communities, residents can get the water they need from within the settlement – and don’t have to risk venturing too far. Another huge benefit is that the water quality from storage tanks is much better than most rural water sources – which could possibly prevent outbreaks of waterborne illnesses like cholera and typhoid.

Improved Agriculture.

Many rural communities rely heavily on residential food crops and small-scale livestock holdings for survival. With inflation on vital food items growing in South Africa and across the African continent, rural communities are relying more and more on their own subsistence farming efforts to make up the food deficit.

As water access is the biggest issue faced, the installation of rainwater storage tanks means that rural communities can better manage their local agriculture. This facilitates crop expansion for greater yields, and these vital crops and livestock can be watered with clean, healthy water. This means healthier food can be provided by the community, for the community.

Community Beautification.

A community can only truly be uplifted once the residents of that community feel as if things are improving around them. Things that the developed parts of a country take for granted, like grass and roadside shrubbery, are few and far between in rural communities.

For this reason, one way rainwater storage tanks uplift rural communities is by facilitating beautification efforts. With extra water available, rural communities can concentrate on revitalising their public spaces with grass, trees and other plantlife they’d otherwise not be able to cultivate.


Since access to clean water is a basic human right, SBS Tanks believes that rainwater storage tanks are the solution for safe water access in rural communities across the planet. Not only does this provide more people with access to more water, but this water can be used to uplift the general state of the community. Connect with SBS Tanks today and find out more!

A Hotel Water Tank – How It Could Help Your Hospitality Business

Have you considered installing a hotel water tank, or adding a backup water supply for your hospitality establishment?

South African businesses continue to tangle with economic pressures, rising utility bills, and other local concerns. Notably, however, the hospitality industry within the country remains poised for growth over the next five years. But how could a hotel water tank help your establishment attract new clientele and keep the bills at bay? Here are three ways a hotel water tank can help:

Save on bills
South African restaurants have been actively responding to persistent drought conditions by changing things up a little. Some establishments have adopted a more water-wise menu, while others have implemented water-saving programmes. While these are notable environmentally-friendly responses to drought conditions, there’s another side effect to them: lower utility bills. Keeping your business’ overheads as low as possible, is vital, so finding ways to cut back on your expenses is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your bottom line too.

Decrease your reliance upon municipal water supply
At home, being without water for a day can be troublesome, but not entirely impossible to manage, especially if you’re prepared for a water cut. When running a hotel, where hundreds of guests rely upon your water supply, however, can be disastrous. By implementing rainwater harvesting systems, installing a hotel water tank, or creating a backup water supply system that’ll help you keep the taps running, can be highly beneficial.

Eco-friendly tourism
Implementing water-saving programmes or incorporating a hotel water tank into your backup supply programme, can become a selling point for your establishment. As the demand for eco-friendly tourism options grows, keen-eyed clientele often prefers to experience a city from a home base that makes a positive contribution towards its local environment.

An interruption in water supply can be devastating for any industry, and for the hospitality sector, it can be disastrous. We can help – get in touch with our team and we’ll help you implement an effective, eco-friendly backup water supply system.

SBS Tanks assists with Municipal Water Supply Programmes

Municipal water supply programmes serve an important function, helping communities access clean, safe drinking water, no matter how remotely they are situated. Water, as the basis for all life and wellness, remains an all too scarce resource in our world. In particular, South Africa’s status as a water-scarce region has been brought into keen focus as we’ve battled persistent drought conditions.

Ensuring communities have sufficient access to clean water is essential, and for remote communities, it can be quite the battle. That’s why municipal water supply schemes, and the installation of durable water tanks remains a priority for SBS Tanks.

Working closely with municipalities to ensure communities can easily access safe drinking water forms a critical mission for our company. National and local government interventions to help communities access water must be supported by the private sector, with a wide variety of programmes available for implementation.

In particular, installing rainwater harvesting systems, desalination plants, and water tanks, remains an imperative across the country. Let’s take a look at some of our installations:

Emergency Relief Programmes
During 2016, we assisted Gift of the Givers in their drought relief programme and donated three 112kl water storage tanks. These were installed in Lindley, Mamafubedu, and Trompsburg. Learn more about this project here.

Municipal Water Tanks
We’ve worked with numerous municipalities to install needed water tanks across South Africa. These include Riviersonderend in Overberg, the Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal, among others.

For more information on how we can help your municipality ensure delivery of a clean, safe supply of water, contact our team on water@sbstanks.co.za

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 businesstech.co.za‘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…

Your Factory’s Water Conservation Strategy: Installing a Water Tank

A water conservation strategy is essential for every South African business. With recent drought conditions wreaking havoc on industry and economy alike, a water conservation strategy for your factory is important. Part of that strategy may include installing a water tank. But, how do you know which one is right for you, and just how far can your budget stretch? Let’s consider the all-important factors that help you decide which water tank is right for you:

Your future
Investing in your company’s water conservation strategy means you’ll need to spend money now, to save water for the future. That’s why it’s important to choose a water tank that is long-lasting and backed by a quality guarantee. Most importantly, it must be easy to maintain, or include access to on-site maintenance help.

Your purpose
Water tanks aren’t only suited for saving water, but not every water tank is multi-purpose. Knowing what you’ll be using your tank for, now and in the future, is vital to consider, as this could influence the type, design, installation, and associated costs of installing a water tank.

Water Conservation StrategyYour space
Selecting a one-size-fits-all solution for your water conservation strategy may mean you end up with a this-size-doesn’t-fit-our-space problem. Working with qualified, experienced water tank providers will help you find the best solution, that caters for your space limitations and creates an effective, aesthetically-pleasing design. Space limitations shouldn’t deter you from implementing a water conservation strategy at your factory – a good water tank design and installation team will be able to build and install a tank that works for your space.

Your budget
Naturally, your budget will play a big role in defining just how far you can go in implementing a water conservation strategy. Work with your water tank design and installation team to find a solution that falls within your budgetary constraints.

Your choice
Once you know your needs and abilities, your next move is to make the best choice. Of course, our team is on hand to help. Drop us a line at SBS Tanks or call our sales team, and we’ll help you implement a water conservation strategy that works for your business.

4 Rules for Fire Safety at Your Office

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility, even when your office has a fully trained fire marshal as part of the team. Here are our top 4 rules for fire safety at the office:

A Fire Safety Plan: No matter how strong your fire prevention strategies and tools, a fire safety plan is essential. Hold regular fire safety drills to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Every member of your team must know how to access the nearest exit and get to the emergency assembly point.

Services and Checks: Your fire extinguishers should be checked, at least, once a month and serviced and certified by your fire protection company once a year.  But don’t let the responsibility for fire safety rest entirely upon your service providers’ shoulders. Conduct your own regular checks, and ensure that office storage areas are well-organised, and that there are no obstructions to fire exits. Integrate fire safety checks and drills into your annual planning calendar, so you won’t forget.

Organise your Office: Did you know? Open-plan office spaces make it far easier for fire and smoke to travel very quickly. There are, however, key ways to ensure that each office space is fire aware, no matter the layout. This includes:

  • Ensuring that nobody breaks the No Smoking law, even on special occasions, or after hours.
  • Clearing rubbish bins at least once a day so that trash does not accumulate.
  • Storing potentially hazardous materials correctly and ensuring that access to them remains strictly monitored.
  • Unplugging all necessary appliances before you leave the office for the day. Sure, winter may leave us all a little chilly right now, so a heater may be helpful. But, don’t forget to switch it off and unplug it before you go home each day.
  • Regularly checking all wiring on appliances and equipment. Faulty wiring and overloaded plug sockets are often to blame for fires.

The Right Equipment: For a small office building that’s not involved in industrial or manufacturing processes, fire extinguishers and in-building fire protection systems may be enough. But for larger buildings, bigger manufacturing plants, industrial companies, mining companies, and more, fixed fire protection installations are required. Make sure your company makes fire safety a priority – SBS Tanks can help! Call us on 0860 482 657 and we’ll help you make the right fire safety decisions.