The old saying
“spend money like water” may soon be “spend water like money”. Having an Abeco
Tank is like having a water savings account. You bank water in the same way you
bank excess capital and draw on it when you need it. More importantly, it’s a
better way to reuse water where grey water becomes as valuable as rain run-off.
If you take just
South Africa’s water resources by number, a mere 8% of the country’s land area
provides 50% of our run off and only 9% of rainfall ends up as run off in our
rivers. At least 37% of water is lost in the current urban infrastructure.
it’s estimated that the demand for water will reach the 17.7 billion cubic
metre mark by 2030 which experts say is way beyond the limit of what can be
safely allocated. It’s clearly obvious that for a business to thrive in the
future across the spectrum of domestic, industrial and fire demands; leaders of
industry need to relook at their water banking strategy.
with a trusted partner
Over 35 years, Abeco has developed the most
economical solutions to water storage without, as mentioned, compromising
safety, hygiene quality and durability. The company is keeping its overseas
competitors at bay with a revolutionary approach to how it thinks about water and
a dedication to harnessing modern technology to bank water as cost-effectively
Abeco Water Storage Tanks are a familiar
sight across the African continent. The company has been in business for over
35 years and has a global footprint across some 38 countries; including
Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Central America, Middle East and spanning
the entire African continent.
The company is
not only a leader in the production of industrial-size tanks, Abeco is also
leading the field in innovation where they’ve developed cost-effective
solutions to water storage without compromising safety, hygiene quality and durability.
the design has stayed the same since it first reached the market in 1983.
Refinements that have been made affect form and functionality such as changing
from steel to Supraform steel and introducing galvanised tanks so the stored
water is unaffected by ultraviolet or light penetration.
In 2013, Abeco
adapted its product range to expand its footprint in the waste water, dry bulk
storage and digester market. It did this by adding a powder-coated circular
tank to its range that is now the #1 performance interior tank lining available
for water and wastewater storage. These tanks are supplied with aluminum
geodesic domes which are the best dome covers for its applications.
aside, it’s the thought leadership at Abeco Tanks that’s most impressive. CEO
Mannie Ramos and his team view their role as facilitating water banking as
opposed to water storage. It’s a paradigm shift brought on by the impending
water crisis that businesses around the world face.
new thinking on water
watershed conditions, pollution and weak water governance mean that companies
like Abeco Tanks are rethinking how they think about water. The company does
not merely market state-of-the-art water storage vessels; rather they promote
the concept of banking water so this precious resource is available when you
need it most.
It may be the
natural cycle of El Nino or a more prolonged outcome of global warming but
water scarcity has set global alarm bells ringing and by all accounts, it’s a
problem that’s not going to go away anytime soon.
models forecast that individual countries will receive the same quantity of
precipitation that it has historically; it will just arrive more erratically.
Right now in southern Africa, we have most of South Africa in the grip of a
drought while Mozambique and Zimbabwe have experienced the worst floods in
Experts say the
climate shift requires businesses to invest in water and embrace strategies to
bank it as we would any valuable currency in the world.
is water banking?
On the other
side of the world, states like Arizona and California are actively banking
underground water as a hedge against population growth and possible cutbacks
due to low water levels. This new phenomenon is known as water banking and it’s
opened up a different conversation, not to mention a legal can of worms as more
and more cases are taken to court over who has rights to the water and who can
groundwater banking is a critical element that global leaders of industry are
tackling to protect themselves against crippling droughts, loss of income, loss
of jobs and in all likelihood, business closures. Doomsayers predict war will
be waged over water in much the same way as it has in the past over oil, gold
and diamonds. Will we have Blood Water like we had Blood Diamonds? Let’s hope
Underground storage is superior to surface storage; the main reason being it’s cheaper than the cost of reservoir expansion. However, we’re not there yet in southern Africa. It requires extensive infrastructure and the willingness of