Water tank stands – why would you need one?

Water tank stands can be made from timber, brick or steel; we recommend steel water tank stands designed by certified structural engineers.  So why would you need a water tank stand?

water tank standsWater tank stands have a primary purpose – that is to elevate a water storage tank to facilitate pressure from the effect of gravity.  The higher the water tank stand the more pressure that can be gained.  Water pressure can be measured in three common units: bar, psi and head (in metres); 1 bar = 10 metres head = 14.5 psi. In most cases, if the building does not have Mains water supply, the pressure generated from an elevated tank stand will also be boosted or assisted by a booster pressure pump.  Most household appliances operate well at a minimum pressure of 1 bar.  Water tank stands thus can reduce the size (and cost) of booster pumps.

A secondary purpose for water tank stands is for a stable, flat platform for a water tank or chemical tank to be installed on. Water tanks should always be placed on a level, firm base to ensure that the pressure from a full tank is distributed evenly – a 10000 litre water tank exerts 10 metric tonnes of downward pressure! Uneven platforms or bases could cause the bottom of a water tank to sag resulting in cracks or rupture.  This is another reason why we recommend water tank stands that have been designed and manufactured under the auspices of a qualified structural engineer.

Another purpose for water tank stands is to elevate water tanks (or chemical/fuel tanks) out of reach – either for making it more difficult for vandals to tamper with the tank and its contents or to keep the tank out of reach from animals.

A high quality water tank stand is a sound investment that will last a lifetime if properly installed and maintained.  We recommend steel water tank stands supplied by JoJo Tanks (South Africa) – JoJo tank stands are manufactured- and certified by a registered structural engineers.  JoJo water tank stands are available for 5000 litre vertical tanks and 10000 litre vertical tanks and are supplied in kit form, ready to bolt together in the following heights: 1.5m, 3m, 4.5m, 6m and 9m.  All JoJo steel tank stands are individually certified and an engineer’s certificate for height is available on request.  JoJo Tanks also supply steel tank stands for silo tanks.

Click on the links below to view the wide range of water tanks, chemical tanks, underground tanks, septic tanks, tank stands and other high quality JoJo Tanks products.

JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of products such as plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands as well as other high quality JoJo Tanks products.  See JoJo Tanks’ VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS and see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.

JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and 5-year guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products one of the best choices in South Africa.  *All JoJo Tanks polyethylene tanks and products now carry a 8 year warranty (on tanks purchased on or after 1 July 2013)*  JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.

We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale.  CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you.  Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers. We can usually delivery tanks and tank stands free of charge to business/commercial addresses in South Africa.


(15000 litre and 20000 litre JoJo vertical water tanks & chemical tanks are available on order directly from JoJo Tanks’ main factory)

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