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    Rainwater harvesting, back-up water, wastewater recycling and corrosion resistant liquid storage solutions for sustainable and responsible water consumption.

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    About SBS

    Who We Are

    SBS Tanks® is Africa’s leading manufacturer and supplier of modular steel panel water storage tanks fitted with an internal liquid storage liner. SBS Solutions East Africa Limited, our branch in Nairobi, services the East African region from Kenya. SBS Tanks was established over 25 years ago in the port city of Durban, South Africa, SBS Tanks now has branches in East Africa, West Africa, the USA and an extensive global distributor network.

    In-house engineering, project management and installation teams work to globally recognised quality, health and safety standards to deliver fast and effective water storage tank solutions.

    Our Solutions

    SBS Tanks® offers a wide range of water security solutions to meet the diverse and exacting needs of the mining, municipal, fire protection, commercial and agricultural sectors. We focus on working to develop comprehensive solutions that address the need for water conservation, off-grid, backup and fire water storage.

    Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right and a business necessity. The impact of climate change, population growth, the rising costs of water, water scarcity and rapid urban expansion have resulted in an increased demand for alternative water solutions. Sustainable and responsible water consumption, rainwater harvesting, and the recycling of water need to become global business and community priorities.

    Mission & Vision Statement

    The SBS® Vision

    We Build For Better. Work Smart. Commit Wholeheartedly.

    We are a global business focused on providing innovative solutions to combat the challenges of water security.

    Our vision is to grow our global footprint, become internationally recognised for our premium solutions, and partner with businesses around the world, enabling them to utilise water, energy and financial resources more effectively.

    We support the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including water and sanitation for all, energy, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production and climate change.

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    What Sets Us Apart?

    • Technologically advanced modular design
    • International ISO Compliance: ISO:9001 & ISO:45001
    • Professional accreditation and affiliations
    • Global Footprint offering end-to-end excellence in design, fabrication and installation
    • Relational Focus – Long-term partnerships with clients, suppliers and communities
    • Social Impact – We are dedicated to employee and community development and transformation

    • We Build for Better, Work Smart and Commit Wholeheartedly.

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    We understand our clients varied needs and that each project is unique with specific requirements, and are always ready to develop a custom-designed solution. On every project, in every application, we deliver solutions that Build for Better, doing good while doing good business.

    As professionals and leaders in the municipal space continue to advocate for water infrastructure development to deliver water to communities, maintenance and upgrades to prevent water loss and secure our precious resource, there is a need to look to alternate solutions that offer quick turnaround times and that are less water-intensive in the construction process than concrete reservoirs. “As a water-scarce country we cannot continue to develop water infrastructure that involves the use of large volumes of water in the construction process,” says Mava Gwagwa, Director: New Business Development at SBS Tanks. “Traditional concrete water storage solutions are no longer the best solution for every application, even for wastewater or bulk water storage. Concrete reservoirs are very complex structures that involve a costly and time-consuming design, planning and construction process which also utilises a great deal of water.” eMalahleni Local Municipality, in the Nkangala District of Mpumalanga, required a cost-effective and quick solution to increase bulk potable water storage for the KwaGuqa township, situated west of eMalahleni. “The immediate need was to increase bulk water storage between the existing 10 million litre concrete reservoir and a 400 000 litre elevated tank which gravity feeds to the community. As part of the first phase, SBS Tanks installed two bulk water tanks, with the combined storage capacity of over 6 million litres,” Gwagwa says. “This stage has been up and running effectively and we have recently completed the next step, installing an additional 9+ million litres storage capacity.” Due to age and decay, the existing water treatment plant will be decommissioned and the three newly installed bulk water tanks, which store over 3 million litres each, will be fed from a new water treatment plant. Once this plant comes online the SBS Tank “farm,” where five blue SBS Tanks stand proudly within a securely fenced plot, will come into play and feed into the existing supply network via the elevated tank to the community. “Using modular water storage reservoirs from SBS Tanks gives municipal engineers and managers a fast and effective solution for bulk water storage at community level, for desalination plants, effluent processing and even for the built environment,” Gwagwa says. “They are quick to install and can be commissioned immediately, cost considerably less than traditional concrete structures, and can be installed anywhere, no matter how remote the location. The use of Zincalume® coated steel panels and potable water liner within the structure gives SBS Tanks a lifespan of over 65 years.” With over two decades of experience serving the water sector, providing water and liquid storage solutions to the municipal, mining, fire protection, commercial and agricultural sectors, SBS Tanks is ready to assist the municipal sector with its bulk water storage needs. We can help you play your part in supplying cost, time and water-efficient water storage solutions to your municipality. [...] Read more...
    Municipalities in South Africa are recognising the benefits of modular steel panel water tanks as a solution for the storage of bulk drinking water supplies, waste water and effluent at community level. This is especially true in rural areas, where access to clean and safe drinking water and effluent processing systems can be a challenge. Steel panel water tanks provide a number of benefits over other types of water storage solutions. They are quick to install, durable, easy to maintain, and can be designed to hold specific water capacities. Additionally, steel water tanks fitted with an internal potable water liner are not susceptible to leaks or cracks, and by storing the water within the liner, maintains water quality. With a reliable water storage solution, municipalities can meet the daily needs of their communities and help ensure their health and well-being. SBS Tanks, as a leading provider of steel water storage tanks, is proud to offer a technologically advanced solution to address the water storage and supply needs of communities in South Africa, particularly in rural areas. Our modular system allows ease of transport and installation in remote locations, reducing the need for lengthy build time, road infrastructure and water intensive construction processes. Crafted from premium Zincalume® steel, SBS Tanks have been engineer designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, making them a long-lasting solution suited to the storage of potable water, raw seawater at a desalination plant or effluent waste water as part of the water treatment process. By providing a dependable water storage solution from SBS Tanks, municipalities can support the health and well-being of their communities, meeting the national government mandate of “Water for All.” [...] Read more...
    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health undertook upgrades at the Pinetown Mortuary last year which included the installation of a backup water storage solution from SBS Tanks. The mortuary relies mainly on the municipal water supply but requires backup water for emergencies and for during water interruptions. While the original specification was for an elevated solution, the project engineer agreed that a 20kl SBS Tank with booster pumps, to be installed outside of the newly renovated building, was a better alternative. SBS Tanks is proud to have created a system that allows for an uninterrupted water supply to the institution and ensures that families are able to say goodbye to their loved ones with the deserved respect and dignity. Our solutions, including commercial water tanks, industrial water tanks, engineered water tanks, storage tanks for rainwater harvesting and potable water storage tanks. Don’t let water worries get you down – call us and let us help you ensure you have your factory water supply backup or factory water supply tank in place for emergencies. Tel: 086 048 2657, email info@sbstanks.co.za or visit our website for more information. [...] Read more...
    Our Adopt a Beach is yielding interesting collaborations – and this is only the start of a cleaner beach environment. The Adopt a Beach concept is simple: we started with six local Durban beach sites. A co-ordinator at each clean-up is supported by three sponsored assistants, and this team is in charge of set-up, welcoming volunteers, cleaning and waste management. We aim to recycle what we can and leave only landfill waste which municipality collects. Connecting with fellow water and beach lovers is key for us – meaning we get the support of clubs and individuals. When the team arrived to set up for a recent beach clean-up, the municipality had already swept through the beaches. However, at Battery Beach a different scenario faced the Pirates team. SBS Tanks constructed sieves to sift the sand revealing little pieces of waste that lay trapped just beneath the surface. Durbanites Against Plastic Pollution’s Steve Cohen explains more: “We undertook a rapid citizen survey of a 30m² area along the high tide mark. Even though the beach is cleaned daily by the municipality, the survey did however find an abundance of small pieces of plastic. Most of the items are “problem plastics” which we define as the most commonly found items in the environment with few benefits to society. The most common items were nurdles, pieces of polystyrene foam from take-out containers, earbuds, sucker sticks, plastic cutlery and a multitude of fragments from common household plastic items that had broken up over time. Plastic litter and mismanaged plastic waste from drinks, snacks and personal hygiene items accumulates on the beaches and in the sea. Plastic never breaks down – instead, it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces, causing harm and lasting hundreds of years in the environment. We advocate that many of the above-mentioned items – like earbuds and polystyrene containers – should be banned or taken off our supermarket shelves. Likewise, bottle caps should be affixed to bottles by law, and returned with the bottle in a city-wide deposit-return scheme. We look forward to continuing these surveys and using the data to lobby the government and retailers to reform their policies and practices respectively. [...] Read more...
    The mining sector is estimated to consume around 5% of South Africa’s water resources and many are in drought-stricken regions where water is in short supply. This calls for the creation of cost effective, water-efficient solution, built around managing the demand for freshwater or alternative water sources and the ability to reduce consumption, limit evaporation, and process existing water in a closed circuit. There also must be a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the mine and effective planning that can accommodate both existing and future needs. With a history of over two decades in the mining sector, the SBS Tanks range is ideally suited to the needs of the mining sector and can be utilised at all stages of the process within a closed water circuit. The first SBS Tanks mining installation took place at a coal mine in Ogies, in the Nkangala District Municipality in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Since that first potable water storage tank installation in 1999, SBS has supplied many liquid storage solutions to mines across South Africa, into Africa and across the globe. The company has worked with many top mining companies to deliver adequate water and wastewater processing and storage systems and has gained vast experience and expertise along the way. Key considerations By using this experience, and partnering with mine engineers and procurement specialists, SBS Tanks have established three key considerations to address when developing an effective closed water circuit solution that limits the requirements for ‘new’ freshwater in the mining context. On-site requirements and speed of installation Historically, concrete structures had been considered the go-to solution for water or liquid storage. However, the mining industry has come to realise that concrete comes with time and cost constraints and can have a greater environmental impact. SBS tanks can be installed on a simple ring beam structure that can be erected within a few days and  commissioned immediately. Due to their modular nature, SBS tanks can be installed in even the most remote locations and do not require heavy equipment on-site or an access road for components to be transported. The local South African SBS manufacturing facility is both ISO 9001 and ISO 45001 compliant, addressing the need for quality, health and safety standards on a mine site. SBS Tanks are also SANS 10160 accredited, with the fire tanks meeting both ASIB and 12th Edition Rules. Onsite environmental conditions, as well as seismic conditions, need to be established when devising a process water system. Extreme weather conditions such as wind events can impact the solution selection process. Water and liquid storage tanks and reservoirs need to be able to withstand this sort of activity on site. The SBS Tanks Cyclonic Range of tanks is rated for regions with a high incidence of meteorological hazards including tropical storms, hurricanes, and other high-velocity events, designed to withstand winds of up to 240 km/hour. Water supply and requirements Considerations such as mine water standards need to be factored into the equation too. Does the mine require fresh ‘new’ water or can processed water be used? Will the fresh water come from a municipal source or aquifer, and will it require pre-treatment? If seawater is the most readily available water source, can this be desalinated, and will the system be required to accommodate this process? Are there other requirements such as providing the community nearest the mine, where the bulk of employees will reside, with potable water and will there be access to electricity to pump the water from this tank to the community or will the tank need to be elevated on a hill? SBS Tanks have been designed and developed for use in used all sectors from mining to manufacturing, bulk municipal supply, rainwater harvesting and water conservation to commercial, industrial and property off-grid resource supply and management. As a BBBEE level 2 company, SBS Solutions SA believes in working with communities, the commercial sector, and municipalities to assist with the effective delivery of the mandate of  ‘Water for All’. Space limitations and capacity requirements SBS products and solutions are adaptable to meet all system and site requirements. Tanks can be built on a limited space, expanding vertically to maximise capacity with 11 or more rings where required. With a range of c 500 sizes and capacities from 7000 litres to 4.4 million litres, SBS Tanks are suited to every stage of the process for liquid, water or effluent storage. This allows for a flexible and adaptable circuit to be designed and even relocated, if necessary, to establish the most effective closed water circuit. With a history of servicing the mining sector since 1999, the robust design of SBS tanks can meet demanding conditions on mine sites. Liners or bladders used inside the tank structure can be changed to suit the nature of the liquids stored within. These protect the tank structure from corrosion caused by chemical exposure. SBS Tanks typically have a 65+ year life expectancy depending on conditions onsite, with liners carrying a 10-year conditional warranty. As a trusted water and liquid storage solutions supplier to the mining industry for over 23 years, SBS Tanks will continue to work hand in hand with mines and mining engineers to offer a range of custom-designed systems to improve water use efficiency and reduce the water requirements of the sector delivering modular and scalable solutions. [...] Read more...
    As a trusted water and liquid storage solutions supplier to South African businesses for over 24 years, SBS Tanks has worked with many business owners to offer a range of custom-designed solutions that can not only harvest and store rain or borehole water as alternate “new” water sources, but that can form part of a used water treatment process offering a waste-to-value alternative to reduce water consumption. Businesses and consumers need to implement responsible water management practices, not merely as a tick-the-box exercise to meet targets and benchmarks, but as a means of ensuring the future sustainability of life, the environment, and future economic development. Moving towards net zero water consumption with the implementation of an effective water demand management and processing solution needs to be a part of every business plan and commercial development strategy. SBS Tanks devised a solution for KwaZulu-Natal-based company, CHEP, which supplies and maintains high-quality pallet and container supplies which require high-pressure washing prior to despatch. The solution includes the harvesting, filtration, and storage of rainwater and run-off water from the premises, providing an effective backup storage solution to enable operational continuity during water supply interruptions. SBS installed a 500-kilolitre water tank at CHEP alongside a concrete sump fitted with submersible pumps for water feed, maximising the use of vertical space usage on the limited footprint available. Based at the lower end of the site, the sump collects and stores all surface and rainwater run-off from the site and the roof of the building and serves as a stormwater retention pond, minimising the impact of peak flow on the external municipal stormwater network. The water collected in the sump is treated prior to being pumped back into the pipe reticulation network on the premises with a tailormade filtration system providing clean and potable (drinkable) water, effectively reducing the requirement for “new” water to the site as part of the company’s journey to net zero. [...] Read more...
    Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, the community of Ekukhanyeni has for many years faced water challenges. Population growth in the area had resulted in further strain on water supplies, necessitating the introduction of a water storage solution. After an initial visit to SBS, including a factory tour and presentation, SBS provided the municipal design engineer and his team with the necessary information to make an informed choice on a suitable alternative solution that would meet the needs of the community. Due to their modular nature, SBS tanks are quick to install. There is no need for access roads to the site nor is onsite heavy-duty equipment required for the installation process. The lightweight but durable tank panels can be carried by hand or transported to site on smaller vehicles and carry various wind ratings, dependent on the site requirements.   Talk to the SBS Tanks team today and let us help you ensure water security for your local community, business or residential complex. [...] Read more...
      Water security solutions company, SBS® recently installed a potable water storage solution at the Blanket Gold Mine in Zimbabwe. The 1.8 million litre water storage tank installed in the rural mining area, 140kms south of Bulawayo, will serve not only the mine, but the community attached to the mine. “The installation was done on a hill about 30 – 40 metres above the community near the mine,” said Henry Morkel, SBS: Global Solutions. “This allows for the water to gravity feed to the houses in the community, preventing the need for costly and electricity dependent pumps.” The mine, which commenced operation in 1904, is operated by Caledonia Mining and part owned by Zimbabwean shareholders. The mine was acquired by Caledonia in 2006 and supports not only mine employees but the extended community around the mine.  “We sent three South African installers and hired unskilled employees from the local community to assist with the site establishment, ring beam build and to install the water storage reservoir,” Morkel said. “This brought employment to the area, and also allowed a skills transfer process to the unskilled local labour team.” While the tank will supply the mine with water, it is a lifeline to the local community who could previously only store small amounts of water. This lack of storage and consistent access to water created sanitation issues for the community which includes a school. These difficulties have now been resolved with an effective SBS® water solution with excellent water pressure as a bonus. Does your business need a water storage solution that can support not only your business, but your local community too? and let us custom design a solution specifically suited to your needs. [...] Read more...
    SBS® is no stranger to the Mozambican Port of Beira. We have worked alongside consulting engineers to upgrade the water storage capabilities for potable and processing water and for fire protection reservoirs in Beira. The SBS® team installed two cyclone resistant fire reservoir tanks for a processing plant in Beira. Mozambique is on the east coast of Africa. The region averages about 1.5 tropical cyclones a year. While not often higher than Category 2 these cyclones can cause widespread damage.  However, SBS® water storage tanks have been designed to exacting specifications to withstand wind speeds of up to 240km/h making them ideal for the region. The tanks installed at the processing plant each have a capacity of 257kl. The water storage reservoirs installed now provide an effective water storage capability of 514 000 litres.   Water storage reservoirs from the SBS® Cyclone Range are manufactured from Zincalume® steel panels to withstand tough corrosive conditions. This is essential for coastal applications. Water is stored within a potable water liner to prevent contact with the tank structure and further extend the longevity of the system. to find the right solution for you. [...] Read more...
    Benjamin Scheffers: Project Manager, Fire Logics  “The SBS® team always go over and above in terms of service excellence. From the Sales team to the project management and installation teams, SBS® has set extremely high standards and are always so accommodating. It is always a great experience working with SBS®. The price charged for the product is justified – you get what you pay for and SBS® tanks are not like others, their quality is exceptional.” SBS® manufactured and installed a 524kL tank for Fire Logics at a client site in East London. [...] Read more...

    Our African Footprint

    With over 3500 tanks installed across the continent, our map is a testament to our leadership and commitment to providing sustainable water solutions. SBS Tanks is the trusted leader in liquid storage, delivering reliability, innovation, and excellence in every project we undertake.

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