Pillow tanks are flexible containment bladders that can be used to store water or fuel. These containments units are ideal for short-term storage during construction or remodeling operations. Pillow tanks can also be used to supply emergency water access in remote or hard-to-reach areas.

Basic Concepts is the industry leader in innovative water and fuel storage for military and industrial applications. To help you find the mobile-containment solution that is right for your facility, here is a look at the regulatory requirements for pillow tanks and fuel bladders, as well as an overview of the water tanks and secondary containment options from Basic Concepts.

Secondary Containment Requirements for Pillow Tanks

Portable pillow tanks and fuel bladders are ideal for fuel or water storage in remote areas. However, because these containment units are often utilized to store large amounts of fuel or oil-related products, it is important to understand the secondary containment requirements pertaining to pillow tanks and storage bladders in order to avoid regulatory noncompliance.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), any facility that stores or uses large amounts of oil or oil-related products may be subject to SPCC regulations. A Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan details action steps that a facility has taken to prevent contaminants from reaching navigable waterways. According to EPA guidelines, the SPCC regulations apply to facilities that:

Store, transfer or use oil. Facilities that store, transfer or use oil or oil-related products, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil or animal fat.

Store large quantities of oil. Facilities that store more than 1,320 gallons in above-ground containers—counting only containers that store 55 gallons or more—or 42,000 gallons in completely buried containers. 

Could contaminate waterways. Facilities that store oil or oil-related products that could reasonably be expected to discharge into navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines, such as lakes, rivers and streams.

Water Bladders and Secondary Containment Options

Basic Concepts offers a variety of fuel bladder storage and containment options. These products are designed to assist with the short-term storage of water or fuel and are ideal for a variety of construction, mining, and industrial operations. Here’s a look at some of the pillow tank and pillow-tank containment options that can be deployed in remote environments.

Pillow Tanks and Flexible Storage Bladders. Pillow tanks and flexible storage bladders from Basic Concepts are foldable, collapsible storage units that can be used to store large amounts of water or fuel on a temporary or long-term basis. These tanks feature a compact design for easy transportation and a durable coated fabric materials construction.

All pillow tanks and storage bladders from Basic Concepts are fully air tested to meet or exceed military standards. Custom designs and drain fixtures are available to suit any working context. Pillow tanks are ideal for a variety of industrial and military applications, including emergency water storage, construction, military operations blivets, oil spill recovery, bulk liquid transport and more.

All Terrain Berm. Because pillow tanks and fuel bladders are used to store large amounts of water or oil-related products, it is important to implement secondary containment measures that can mitigate the impact of leaks and spills. The All-Terrain Berm from Basic Concepts is ideal for housing pillow tanks and storage bladders.

The All-Terrain Berm requires no tools for deployment and features sturdy A-frame supports that are easy to install. The 3-foot walls of the All-Terrain Berm will provide reliable secondary containment for a variety of liquids. This berm can help any facility or operation achieve compliance with secondary containment requirements.

Find the Pillow Water Tank that is Right for You

For over 30 years, Basic Concepts has provided industries worldwide with the secondary containment solutions they need to protect personnel and achieve regulatory compliance. Pillow tanks are perfect for supplying a reliable water source in emergency situations or construction operations. These water-storage tanks are particularly useful in remote or hard-to-reach areas. To find the pillow tank that is right for you, take a look at our selection of water storage solutions

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Basic Concepts has the ability to customize our products for many of your specific applications. Whatever your requirements, our custom solution will be durable enough for the most stringent spill control requirements. We are committed to providing the best solution for your needs. We will be happy to customize this or any other spill berm to satisfy any of your size requirements and applications.


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