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Equitable access to water a key priority for South Africa

30th October 2023

     

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SBS® Tanks recognises the challenges faced by the municipal sector to deliver equitable access to water and sanitation services to South African citizens. Municipalities that service and support rural communities are typically the most severely impacted with vast distances between dwellings and water sources, rugged terrain and budgetary constraints due to a limited revenue base.

According to StatsSA* the current population of 60,86 million people in South Africa is expected to grow to 70 million by 2035. Currently 19% of citizens living in rural communities lack access to reliable water supply and 33% to basic sanitation services. Innovative solutions are required to expedite the equitable delivery of water and sanitation services to citizens and meet the targets set out in the National Development Plan (NDP) and in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Working with municipal and consulting engineers, provincial and regional municipal managers, SBS® Tanks has developed a wide range of water storage tank solutions to assist municipalities with the delivery of water and sanitation services – no matter the location or the storage capacity required.. Comprised of modular steel panels, fitted with an internal liner and installed without heavy-duty equipment from the ground up, tanks from SBS® can be used to store a number of liquids from raw seawater, borehole or river water, clean potable (drinking) water to effluent or process water.

With an expected lifespan of +65 years and a 10-year No Leak warranty SBS® Tanks can be elevated to deliver increased water pressure and ensure the safe storage of potable water, or built within a matter of days on ground level and commissioned immediately.  While lack of road infrastructure may impact the construction of concrete bulk water storage reservoirs, delaying the delivery of life-giving water to communities and schools, SBS® Tanks have been engineer designed to be modular and  lightweight allowing for ease of transport and quick installation without compromising structural integrity and still offering excellent wind rating and weather resistance.

Utilising vertical or horizontal space, SBS Tanks can deliver bulk water storage capacities, offering municipal teams the added benefit of ensuring continued water supply to communities during routine pipework maintenance.

For more than 25 years SBS Tanks has delivered effective, safe drinking water storage to municipalities, residential housing complexes, mines and commercial businesses across the globe. As a #ProudlySouth African company, we are proud of our offering of over 500 tank sizes, across our weather resistant ranges from Elevated, Econo, Standard and Cyclonic to specialised Engineered Tanks, Agricultural and Domestic tank solutions.

Lack of access to water and basic sanitation services impacts quality of life, education and community health, increasing the risk of disease, reducing food security and job opportunities. With a wide range of durable water storage tank options available to meet the needs of rural and urban communities, SBS® Tanks is ready to assist the municipal sector deliver – no matter the size or location of the project. 

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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