Using a HDPE IBC for Water Storage
IBCs, or intermediate bulk containers, are often used to store industrial liquids or hazardous chemicals. However, these hefty-duty containers can also hold water. The IBC water tank’s adaptable design and portability make it ideal for this purpose.
IBC water tanks are versatile, reusable, and cost-effective in terms of water storage. They’re frequently utilized on building sites or in huge warehouses, but they may also be used for a variety of purposes. In this post we’ll discuss the practical aspects of utilizing IBCs as water reservoirs.
HOW MUCH WATER DOES AN IBC STORE?
The term “intermediate bulk container” is used to describe large-volume containers that can hold liquid or semi-solid products. They’re ideal for water storage since they’re designed to transport huge quantities of liquid or semi-liquid stuff. Because it’s referred to as “intermediate,” an IBC is generally built with a capacity of 1,000 liters. An IBC may be smaller or larger than usual, but not by much.
HOW HEAVY ARE IBCS FILLED WITH WATER?
At maximum capacity, a complete IBC water tank weighs at least 1,000 kg. That’s just the water; you also have to consider the extra weight of the IBC and that can vary significantly based on design.
A rigid IBC is usually made of solid plastic enclosed in a steel cage for safety and placed on a steel pallet for easy transportation by forklift.These models are strong yet heavy-weighting.
A typical 1,000-litre IBC water tank weighs 65 kg when empty. You’ve got a total weight of 1,065 kilos if you add in 1,000 litres of water.
It’s less expensive than standard IBCs because they don’t have a steel cage or pallet mount and are made from flexible rather than rigid plastic.
They’re not nearly as strong or safe, but they are flexible. Flexible IBCs weigh as little as 10 kilos when empty, making them simpler to move and compress than a solid IBC when full. When you include the water weight into the equation, things get a bit more complicated.
HOW LONG DOES AN IBC LAST?
The nice thing about mid-large bulk containers is that they’re reusable. That implies an IBC may last for many years if properly maintained. Every two to three years, an IBC water tank should be subjected to a quality assurance inspection to ensure it continues to meet safety standards.
A rigid IBC’s components can all be replaced, and if properly maintained, a steel frame might last a decade. If other materials such as hazardous chemicals have previously been stored in an IBC, lifespans may vary.
HOW LONG CAN YOU SAFELY STORE WATER?
An IBC water tank can keep water safe for a long time, but it must be rotated at least once every six months. Water may become hazardous if kept in plastic for an extended period of time, therefore you should keep it as cool as possible. Before drinking water that has been left for a long time, you may need to perform a quality test.
HOW DO YOU KEEP WATER CLEAN IN AN IBC?
For safety, it’s critical to keep the water clean in an IBC. When filling a tank, make sure the lid is securely fastened to avoid anything else from entering. Rotating the water out where feasible is the best – and safest – method to do so.
Water filters, also known as purifiers, may also be used to preserve water for long-term usage. When in doubt, don’t drink the water if you’re concerned it might have become poisoned.
CAN YOU STACK FULL IBC CONTAINERS?
If they’re on steel pallet bases, IBC containers may be stacked. In fact, rigid IBC water tanks are built to do precisely that.
When stacked vertically, IBC water tanks can be stored and transported. They may also be stacked up for storage and transportation if they are secured with the necessary safety precautions in place and trained personnel. Contact ITP Packaging right away to talk to one of our team about purchasing an IBC water tank before making a purchase.
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