The Ekukhanyeni Municipality, when faced with the challenge to supply water to the expanding local community, reached out to SBS for a solution. While the traditional approach by municipalities in South Africa has been to construct bulk water storage solutions using concrete, the Municipality did not have the budget nor the time to undertake a project of this magnitude making SBS Tanks the ideal solution.
Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, the community of Ekukhanyeni has for many years faced water challenges. Population growth in the area had resulted in further strain on water supplies, necessitating the introduction of a water storage solution.
After an initial visit to SBS, including a factory tour and presentation, SBS provided the municipal design engineer and his team with the necessary information to make an informed choice on a suitable alternative solution that would meet the needs of the community.
Due to their modular nature, SBS tanks are quick to install. There is no need for access roads to the site nor is onsite heavy-duty equipment required for the installation process. The lightweight but durable tank panels can be carried by hand or transported to site on smaller vehicles and carry various wind ratings, dependent on the site requirements.
SBS tank panels are coated with Zincalume for additional corrosion resistance and carry a 65- year life expectancy, with the internal liner covered by a 10-year warranty.
The durability of the SBS tank system, the rapid onsite installation process, and the use of an internal liner or bladder to contain the water and prevent contact with the tank structure, were all features that impressed the Municipal design engineer, as did the company’s over 24-year history in the water storage sector.
An SBS ST29/06 was specified and installed for the bulk water storage of 1.7 million litres and an SBS ST05/06 with a capacity of 50 000 litres installed at the new pump station. SBS is proud to have been able to supply a more cost- and time-effective solution to the Ekukhanyeni Municipality to assist with the national government policy of delivering water for all.