Field Erected Water Tanks

The members of the STI/SPFA Field Erected Tank Section build steel tanks that meet or exceed the requirements of AWWA, NSF, API and industry standards. Members of STI/SPFA produce elevated, reservoir and standpipe water storage tanks. They also produce storage tanks for the petrochemical industry and special storage systems.

Tanks can be designed to hold from 50,000 to several million gallons, are provided with foundations, and often finished with elaborate painted graphics and color schemes. Tanks may incorporate cathodic protection and piping. Some water tank designs allow for several floors, office space and other facilities. Private, municipal, and industrial water system engineers and operators specify steel tanks for their reliability, long-term value, and low, predictable normal maintenance.

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Types of Steel Storage Tanks

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Century Club

STI/SPFA members can buy safety equipment and supplies for 10-30% savings over traditional purchasing methods.

Field Erected Product Awards

The STI/SPFA Product Awards recognize steel construction product achievements that exemplify the steel tank industry.

Education Presentations

Water Storage Tank Seminars
More than 2,600 consulting engineers, municipality and utility administrators, and water tank owners and operators have participated in this full-day, comprehensive seminar presented by industry experts.

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Steel Water Tank Standards
How to update your system or specify a new tank. Presented by Steve Meier, an industry expert who helped to write the new AWWA Standard.

Steel Water Tank Construction
Explains foundations, inspection/testing, field construction, welding and shop fabrication during the tank construction process.

Steel Water Tank Coatings and Linings
Functions and benefits of coating systems, service life cycle, coatings and linings standards and more.

Types of Steel Storage Tanks

STI/SPFA members produce both the common types of water tanks – elevated, reservoir, and standpipe – and special storage system products.

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STI/SPFA Fabricated Steel Product/Project Awards

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association presents awards each year to commend outstanding records in quality of product, safety achievements at member facilities, and outstanding projects completed by members.

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Field Erected Storage Tank Century Club

The STI/SPFA honors the owners of steel water storage tanks at least 100 years old and still in active service with recognition in the STI/SPFA Field Erected Storage Tank Century Club.

View a list of Century Club Honorees or enroll in this honorary program.

STI/SPFA Publications

Basic Safety Rules for Fabrication, Field Erection, and Warehousing

Create a safe working environment and a culture where safety is expected and practiced. The Basic Safety Rules for Fabrication, Field Erection, and Warehousing have been developed by the members of the STI/SPFA Health and Safety Committee to generally illustrate industry practice.

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Tank Builders Scaffold Guidelines

The Tank Builders Scaffold Guidelines provide a minimum safe erection, use, maintenance, dismantling, inspection, and training of employees in the hazards of tank builders scaffolds. This publication does not replace guidelines already established by federal or state standards.

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Steel Plate Engineering Data: Volume 1 & Volume 2

Steel Plate Engineering Data: Volume 1 & Volume 2 provides a design reference for the usual designs of tanks for liquid storage. Volume 1 focuses on the design of flat-bottom, cylindrical tanks for storage of liquids at essentially atmospheric pressure. Volume 2 provides information to aid the design of such structures.

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AWWA Publications

AWWA’s M42 Steel Water Storage Tanks, Revised Edition
M42 will help you make sure you build the storage facility you need in the right place and at the right price. This official AWWA manual of water supply practices is a complete reference on steel water-storage tanks for potable water. M42 is intended to serve as a comprehensive, single-volume information source for designers, engineers, constructors, owners, and operators of steel water tanks.

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Steel Water Storage Tanks: Design, Construction, Maintenance and Repair
The design, construction, operation, and repair of steel tanks for potable water storage are the topics covered in this engineering reference handbook. All types of steel water tanks and included, both ground-supported and elevated. Chapter topics cover tank configurations, location, appurtenances, codes and regulations, corrosion control, foundation, welded tanks, bolted tanks, operation, maintenance, inspection, cleaning, rehabilitation, repair, and security.

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Additional Resources

Featured Affiliate

Phoenix Forging Company

Phoenix Forging Company, a member of the Phoenix Forge Group, is a proud domestic manufacturer of steel tank and cylinder fittings based in Catasauqua, PA. Phoenix Forge was founded in 1882.
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