Stainless Steel: An Elegant Material for Water Storage Solutions
Storage of water has been one of the concerns since the beginning of the civilizations, various versions of storage units both in small scale to large scale for communities were evident. Usage of copper containers, earthen pots, bamboo containers, stone tanks, cement tanks were familiar but most of them had an issue.
Chances of breakage and durability was a major concern for earthen pots, bamboo containers/tanks will degrade and allows algae to from making it unfit to use until it is cleaned, stone and cement container have similar problem of formation of algae, but they are also very heavy to move and replace. The quality of water will also differ from one storage method to other. To overcome the difficulties of storage, transportation and distribution of water, Stainless Steel is introduced in the market.
Need for Stainless Steel?
1. Water Quality:
Most of the materials we discussed have influence of base material of tank being leached into the water which is a major disadvantage
Traces of copper and plastics can easily be observed (clinically) changing the parameters of water that is being stored.
Water from earthen, cement and stone pots will influence the taste, colour and odour.
Formation of algae will be evident when we use these tanks.
2. Manufacturability and Scaling:
Stainless Steel material can be used to scale from a small water bottle to Millions of litres of tanks.
Modular approach allows user to fit for any application and are available in various capacities with zero installation hassles. Whereas the flexibility for scaling and manufacturing would really be tough for other materials, availability of SS sheets, rods, angles makes the manufacturing very simple and modular. Any shape or design can be manufactured.
Stainless Steel material is corrosion resistant which means it lasts long even when it is subjected to water and other harsh climatic conditions, henceforth the value for money always be an asset. These tanks need minimal maintenance of cleaning. Whereas other materials need to replaced very often or they have high and expensive maintenance cycles.
Extended life cycles with very minimal maintenance will always be less expensive when we estimate it for complete life of the tank rather than momentary. Due to less recurring costs and maintenance it seems that SS water tanks are always cost effective. High installation costs are also not involved in the design making it very simple and affordable for any environment.
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