Applications For and the Advantages of FRP Tanks

Applications For and the Advantages of FRP Tanks

20 REASONS WHY A DARCO FIBERGLASS (FRP) UNDERGROUND WATER STORAGE SYSTEM SHOULD BE THE FIRST CHOICE TO MEET YOUR DRINKING WATER, STORM WATER, AND FIRE PROTECTION NEEDS

  1. You may purchase FRP tanks directly from our plant of origin nearest you.
  2. FRP tanks are manufactured from a “food contact” grade fiberglass resin and are safe for the temporary storage of drinking water (potable water).
  3. Properly buried water tanks won’t freeze – no worries about insulation and electrical heating, even in high mountain areas and northern states.
  4. Underground water temperatures average about 50 degrees – an environment less likely to support the growth of algae or bacteria.
  5. Steel tanks will eventually rust and corrode. With or without protective coatings, it is just a matter of time – FRP tanks will never rust or corrode.
  6. Underground tanks with lockable hatches are safe – out of site and out of mind – less likely to be vandalized or create an “attractive nuisance.”
  7. FRP tanks can be cost effectively truck shipped from coast to coast in the Continental United States.
  8. Insulated thermal storage tanks can hold hot or cold water for heating or cooling commercial and industrial buildings.
  9. Fiberglass tanks are light in weight and easy to transport and position on site.
  10. FRP tanks meet the basic National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1142 and NFPA 22 structural design, storage capacity, and fire flow requirements.
  11. FRP tanks make excellent single and multiple compartment septic tanks or sewage vaults but must have prior approval from the local Department of Public Health.
  12. Large multiple tank systems can be arranged in any pattern necessary to meet a required excavation footprint – “L” shaped for instance.
  13. All Darco fiberglass tanks are pressure and vacuum tested when made, so there is no need for dangerous on-site air pressure testing prior to installation.
  14. FRP tanks are less expensive per gallon compared to drinking water quality reinforced concrete tanks in the 50,000 to 250,000-gallon size range.
  15. FRP tanks may be bedded and back filled with common pea gravel or crushed rock chips.
  16. FRP tanks will withstand the weight of automobiles and trucks when properly installed beneath an approved concrete traffic slab on grade.
  17. Concrete tanks will eventually hairline crack and leak to some degree – this means that untreated groundwater may be infiltrating from outside.
  18. You can haul a 15,000-gallon tank on a flatbed trailer behind a 1-ton pick-up truck.
  19. Systems may be set up with compartmentalized or baffled chambers, such as a 20,000-gallon tank incorporating one 6,000-gallon drinking water compartment unconnected to 14,000 gallons dedicated for fire protection.
  20. FRP cisterns meet NFPA 299 rural fire fighting flow standards often required for homeowner insurance coverage in remote forested areas.