When Storage Tank and Nature Collide

September 27, 2010

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Painting contractors are no strangers to unique job site requirements and conditions. Storage tank painting applications, in particular, are often built in unique locations with interesting environmental situations. But what if the storage tank painting project leads the crew to locations that put them face to face against natural habitats, and the work they need to do carry the imminent danger of damaging the said habitat? We’re talking, for example, about storage tanks built near waterways, or containment tanks near forests, parks or where flora and fauna thrive.

If a few feet separate the containment tank from water passages that supply potable water to the community, the stakes are much higher than in run-of-the-mill storage tank painting projects. Any stages of the painting application has to be done with extra care — from lead containment (if needed), tank surface preparation, paint handling, actual paint application, disposal, and post-project clean-up.

Otherwise, the first consequence is that plants and animals living near the project area may be disturbed or harmed by the project. When painting materials spread into their habitat and are not removed, the result may be a few to many deaths among the members of this local habitat.

Aside from the possible harm to the local ecosystem, the storage tank painting project potentially poses high health risks to the human population, who will pay the consequences of ground water contamination — when the storage tank painting project inadvertently mixes paint with water, so to speak.

Again, extra care and a strict adherence to safe work procedures are a must. Anything less extracts too high a price.

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