13 Apr Abeco Tanks alleviates water risk in Angola
Abeco Tanks alleviates water risk in Angola
Water scarcity is a risk to survival. Water is essential for every aspect of life. Those of us living in a country, with a reliable water infrastructure, take the flow of this basic resource into our homes and businesses for granted. We do not cherish and save it enough.
Angola is a semi-arid region and as a result is particularly vulnerable to climate change. These regions are climatically stressed with long dry seasons, high temperatures and low rainfall.
Angola has experienced a prolonged drought since 2012. This together with a lack of development and maintenance of the water infrastructure has led to close to 50% of the Angolan population without access to clean water.
The consequences of this are a deteriorating situation around sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, health and education. Furthermore 85% of the population rely on subsistence farming for their livelihood.
The walk to collect water on a daily basis is long and tedious. Children are often sent to collect the water and are missing out on school and education, which will affect the future and economy of any nation.
By 2025, 1.6 billion people will live in water scarce areas. The scarcity of water is a global issue and Governments are not able to supply all the water we need. We all need to plan for the future.
As access to water becomes harder and harder it will become a precious commodity and businesses and governments that prepare will position themselves powerfully against those who don’t.
A solution to this dilemma is Abeco water tanks. Abeco Tanks has installed several hundred tanks in Angola in the last few years with the largest being a 5 Million litre steel one.
The company services Ondjiva right up to M’Banza Congo and its clientele includes Shoprite Checkers, Sonangol, Bevcan and more.
These tanks come in various sizes and shapes and are used in a number of applications namely for rainwater harvesting, extinguishing fires, irrigation for agriculture, manufacturing chemicals and drinking water to name a few.
They can be custom built for any location supplying anything from 20 000 to 10 million litres of clean water to those in need. These tanks are an affordable and hygienic way to store clean water. All of the tanks are also protected with a warranty giving the purchaser peace of mind about their investment.
Abeco tanks has been instrumental in supplying these steel water tanks in Angola since the 80’s.
Having a water tank means you can save water for the lean times. They ensure there is no interruption in water supply.
When faced with the problem of interruption in electricity supply, businesses, farmers etc purchase generators, but water supply is taken for granted.
This is fast changing as more and more water supply is affected with erratic weather conditions and poor infrastructure.
So how do businesses save water?
- They have their own infrastructure in place to have two types of water reserve:
- A rainwater tank catches rainwater off the roof to flush toilets and water gardens.
- A normal water tank is kept filled with clean municipal water which is used and refilled on an ongoing basis so that the water does not stand for long periods of time.
- Devices that save water should be installed where-ever possible eg water saving toilets and stop-start taps.
- Make sure the plumbing is regularly checked to ensure no water leakages and therefore no water wastage.
- Calculate how much water you will need to run your business or home should there be an interruption in water supply. Calculate how much money the business would lose and offset it against the cost of the water tank or tanks installed.
Abeco Tanks refer to their water tanks as ‘water banks’ saving a precious commodity for the future when the supply of it may be affected.
COO of this world-renowned leading water tank manufacturer, Mannie Ramos Jnr, believes that as individuals and as a collective we all need to be proactive towards saving water and water tanks are the ideal solution.
More about Abeco Tanks the world’s first bank for the business of water.
Abeco Tanks has a 269 000 square foot manufacturing facility in South Africa and has been supplying water tanks to over 35 countries in Africa, Central America and the Middle East for 40 years.
The company is backed by equity stakeholder and funding partners, Investec Private Capital and Global Capital empowerment fund.
The tanks are erected using separate steel plates that are bolted together onsite. This ensures easy transport to any location.
The steel plates are hot dip galvanised preventing any corrosion, due to outside elements, in the future. They prevent the water from being affected by ultraviolet rays and light penetration ensuring algae and bacteria free water.
The panels are also cold pressed using yield stress drawing quality steel, making sure they don’t yield under the pressure of the water.
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The nuts and bolts are of high tensile grade ensuring maximum strength.
The internal bracing consists of angle iron bolted to base plates which in turn are bolted to the tank panels and the sealants and rubber components are non-toxic and non-tainting.
The final product is one of maximum, unyielding strength filled with clean fresh drinkable water.
What do water tanks save?
Water tanks save businesses as they keep them running as usual during times when there is no water running through the taps.
They save jobs as without water businesses stop running at full capacity, causing an impact on the bottom line and jobs.
They save money because if a business can’t run at full capacity there will be a loss somewhere impacting the profit margins.
They save and uplift communities. By having water tanks with fresh water easily accessible the long walk to fetch water is eliminated and children are able to focus on their education.
Water should be on the 2021 risk list for any business wanting to safeguard the future. It is no longer acceptable to rely on the government for the upkeep of infrastructure and supply of water. In Africa it is necessary to take things into our own hands and to plan and prepare.