Benefits of ABove Ground Storage
Above ground storage tanks offer many advantages over installed or in ground storage. They are easy to erect on site, they require no ground excavation to install and they are easier to repair in the event of damage or leaks. Overall above ground storage is more cost effective.
Oil, Fuel and Liquid Fertilizer Tanks
Regardless of your needs, you will be able to find a above ground storage container of suitable size. If you are in need of a temporary storage solution there are several companies that can erect oil, fuel or liquid fertilizer tanks on site. These temporary tanks can be used up to 30 days. If you are looking for a more permanent and larger solution, field erected tanks can be built on site and generally hold capacities in excess of 50,000 gallons
Above Ground Storage Maintenance
It is important to receive inspections by a certified API 653 inspector to make sure that your tank is free of leaks or damages. A small leak can be almost imperceptible without close inspection. All tanks will corrode over time which necessitates regular, inspection, maintenance and timely repairs. For example, The Fertilizer Institute recommends that all liquid fertilizer tanks get inspected every five years or according to corrosion rates of the tank.
Responsible Ownership of Above Ground Storage
In response to several environmental incidents, state and federal governments are constantly coming up with new regulation for above ground storage systems. Even a minor leak can have catastrophic effects on the surrounding water table. For example, in Washington 1,500 gallons of used oil leaked into the Yakima river. Because of this several birds and waterfowl were seen covered in oil.
Just because the tanks sit above ground does not mean that they are not beholden to the same rules and regulations as in-ground storage systems. It is always important to check with your municipality to see what stipulations apply to your above ground storage tank.