Reservoir Inspections

Reservoir, defined.

The term reservoir is a French word that means “storehouse” in English. They are open-air storage areas, usually formed by masonry or earthwork, where water is collected and kept in quantity to be drawn off for use.

Most of the time, these bodies of water are created to provide a desired function, such as for energy, drinking water, or flood control. They are formed by diverting the flow of existing rivers and streams with a dam, gathering the water, and filling it up like a lake.

Uses of Reservoir

Reservoir has many uses, and here we list the everyday uses of reservoirs.

For Drinking Water

Clean drinking water is produced in treatment plants, which receive their source water from reservoirs like the one at the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. They are so effective that they can even be used as water purifiers. Contaminants in the water will sink to the bottom of the reservoir, where the naturally occurring algae and bacteria will help with the distillation process.

For Energy

Dammed river reservoirs can also be used to generate electricity to power our homes and businesses (and to charge our phones constantly). Water flows from the reservoir's collected fluid, through a turbine and into the river below. Water forces its way around the turbine blades, supplying electricity to a generator. The energy is then extracted from the generator and distributed via power lines.

For Flood Control

Reservoirs can be used to manage the flow of water - keeping a perfect balance throughout the year. Taking in water during high rain seasons and slowly releasing it during low seasons. The controlled current can then be guided downstream to aid irrigation or manipulate flood control.

What Are Reservoir Inspections For?

Regular inspection and maintenance of a reservoir are essential to ensure the storage regulations are followed, the reservoir stays online, and there is no contamination of the population’s drinking water.

Traditionally, these inspections are completed by a hired commercial SCUBA diver. These individuals would inspect the integrity of the overall structure, ensure no leaks, and investigate the equipment’s condition under the water, such as pipes, ladders, and valves. If issues are identified during the inspection, another specialized diver must conduct the maintenance or repairs.

Hiring a diver to conduct regular, routine inspections could become quite costly. In some instances, it can be dangerous – a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) can significantly reduce the cost of completing the initial analysis and ongoing reservoir inspection.

With Storage Tank Inspections, we provide inspections and asset refurbishment services for reservoir tanks of all sizes across the United States, including leak repairs, joint repairs, and other internal refurbishments.

How Our Reservoir Inspection Services Work

All major water supply storages (reservoirs) above and below ground are inspected and cleaned by our certified divers for ongoing water quality and infrastructure maintenance. Our divers will vacuum the inside of the reservoirs, remove any debris and check all internal water supply fittings.

Reservoir cleaning by divers is one method for reducing discolored water incidents. Others include flushing pipes and asset renewal. Reservoir inspection and cleaning are completed every three years.

Inspection List

As an owner, you are the one who is responsible for knowing the tell-tale signs that your reservoir tank needs an inspection. Our inspecting crew will take a look at your reservoir tank, which is mainly focused on the following:

After inspection, our crew will write Measures in the Interests of Safety (MIOS) which are important actions that the reservoir owner or operator must take, by a specified deadline, to improve the safety of the reservoir. MIOS can reduce the risk of an uncontrolled escape of water.

Storage Tank Inspections will also provide a list of precautionary measures that will depend on the following:

Coating and Relining of Reservoir Tanks

Coating and relining are essential processes that protect reservoir tanks from corrosion and deterioration. Over time, exposure to water, chemicals, and other environmental factors can cause the metal to degrade, leading to leaks, structural damage, and other problems. Coating and relining help prevent these issues by providing a protective layer that seals the surface of the tank and prevents corrosion from taking hold.

Coating involves applying a protective layer of material to the surface of the tank to create a barrier between the tank and the environment. Coatings can be made from various materials, including epoxy, polyurethane, and vinyl ester.

Relining, on the other hand, involves applying a new layer of material to the inside of the tank to repair any damage and prevent further corrosion. This process involves removing the old lining, preparing the surface, and applying the new lining material.

Our coating and relining services here at Storage Tank Inspections are efficient and budget-friendly. We can help you prevent costly repairs or replacements down the line. We can also help detect any underlying issues that may require attention before coating or relining.

External Reservoir Tank Refurbishment

In addition to undertaking internal repairs on leaking reservoir tanks, Storage Tank Inspections also provides a range of external refurbishment services. These can include cleaning using UHP or abrasive blasting and sunroof concrete paint that provides ongoing protection against weathering and improves the visual appearance.

Storage Tank Inspections - Your Trusted Reservoir Inspection Company in America!

Are you confident that your reservoir tanks are in top condition? Don’t wait for a leak or a failure to find out. At our storage tank inspection service company, we offer reliable and comprehensive reservoir inspection services across the US.

Don’t put your operations and safety at risk. Schedule your reservoir inspection today and ensure the longevity and safety of your tanks. Contact us now to learn more about our services and how we can help with your inspection needs.