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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do corrugated tanks meet NFPA 22 regulations for fire water storage?
  2. What is a dual-use tank?
  3. What are collapsible and portable water storage tank options?
  4. What are the advantages of using a fiberglass tank over a welded steel tank?
  5. What regulations do I need to be concerned about when storing water for fire suppression?
  6. Can fire suppression tanks be used to store potable water for emergency relief efforts?

Answer 1:

Yes, corrugated tanks can be specified to meet NFPA 22 regulations. Your fire marshall or governing authority should provide you with the usable volume capacity that your fire suppression tank must meet. Fittings and capacity to fulfill the NFPA 22 standards will be quoted.

Answer 2:

A dual use tank is a tank that stores water for both fire suppression and industrial uses. Most regulation requires a minimum usable volume of water to be stored onhand for fire fighting purposes. However, since your tank is likely a budgeted capital expenditure, why not size it slightly larger and use the excess volume of water for domestic use? Check out our infographic HERE for more information.

Answer 3:

Collapsible and portable water tanks are useful for in-field, emergency, or multiple use. GEI Works' offers Hydrostar Onion Tanks, Mars Pillow Tanks, and Centaur Frame tanks as soft-sided liquid storage and containment options. For rural applications and additional portability, the Argo Water Trailer or Argo Water Skid will get water where you need it.

Answer 4:

A welded steel tank is a durable option for storing water for fire suppression. In some cases, it may be the required solution. However, GEI Works' line of high-quality fiberglass tanks are a cost-effective solution for many bulk water storage needs. These tanks can provide good options for modular needs in existing spaces, or for large capacity tanks. See our Fiberglass Tanks for more information, or contact us with any additional questions!

Answer 5:

We have some further information on typical fire suppression standards and regulations in our resources page HERE - but typically tanks need to comply with NFPA, and AWWA standards as a minimum.

Answer 6:

Absolutely! It is important to specify that potable water will be stored in the tank when you are ready to place your order. GEI Works has a full line of materials and linings that meet strict NSF standards for drinking water safety. If you must keep a minimum usable volume on hand for fire suppression water storage, keep in mind that sizing your tank sightly larger and using it as a Dual Use tank will give you the added capacity for drinking water use.