Abeco Builds Its Biggest Tank In Africa
The tank – equivalent to two tennis courts in surface area – holds a whopping 5.8 Million litres of water and together with a 3 million litre supplementary tank provides one of South Africa’s largest poultry producer’s with a total of 8.8 million litres of saved water.
A water bank is essential if this producer is to continue surviving the almost decade long drought and water insecurity issues in the North West Province of South Africa.
Reliability of water is an especially concerning issue for agriculture as their bottom lines and economic contribution are directly affected and often the first to be hit. The poultry farm for which Abeco built this life saving tank is one of the leading suppliers both nationally and internationally, breeding and raising chickens for processing and distribution on site. Water is not only essential for the survival of livestock but also for the processing plant.
Water security for chickens, especially laying hens, is extremely important as they are highly susceptible to any form of disturbance and can stop laying for up to two weeks because of a single disruptive incident in the water supply.
As Africa’s pioneers in water storage solutions, Abeco built the 5.8 million litre rectangular, sectional bolted tank specifically to cater for the unique requirements of this agricultural giant.
COO of Abeco, Mannie Ramos Jnr comments: “We are the only company in Southern Africa with the expertise to manufacture and install a tank of this size in the rapid timeframe provided. We had to connect the 5.8 million litre tank with the existing one, ensure it was water-tight, tested and safe, in a record-breaking 38 days versus 128 days – the average time frame.”
The rectangular tank’s design allowed Abeco to custom create the tank in the most cost-effective way possible. Despite the tank’s colossal capacity, the modular design makes tanks of this nature easy to transport and easy to install. Through the marriage between careful design and premium material the tanks are 100% hygienic and safe for livestock consumption and are unaffected by Ultraviolet rays which prevents degradation over time.
They are also built to last using an internal bracing of angle iron welded to base plates, all sealants and rubber components are non-toxic and non-tainting to ensure the purity of the water and all steel components are hot dip galvanised to never rust and use the latest in tank corrosion protection
Storing water for agricultural purposes is not a suggestion in the world of farming. It is a necessity. As water crises have shown us, the need to plan water consumption, track water saving and save for continuity of service is necessary as an effective ‘insurance plan’ against water interruption brought about by changing weather patterns, exploding populations and urban sprawl.
For more information go to www.abecotanks.co.za or call +27 (0)11 616 7999.