What Is A Pillow Tank and Why Do We Need Them?

For those of you who have never heard of Pillow Tank, you are assuredly in good company.  For many folks, hearing the term may generate a few immediate questions.  The first to come to mind might be: What is a Pillow Tank?  What are they for?

So let’s gets started by answering some of the more basic questions.  First, pillow tanks, also referred to as Pillow Bladders, are actually collapsible liquid storage tanks.  Although, they may be referred to by different names across a wide variety of industries, they are utilized for a variety of important purposes and come in a broad range of sizes to meet very specific needs and requirements.  The primary function of collapsible water tanks are to store and dispense not only water, but many other types of hydrocarbons, fuels and chemicals as well.

Portable liquid storage containers serve a critical need across a variety of industrial and agricultural sectors; from basic water collection and storage to large scale fuel, chemical or liquid waste storage.  They have also become a valuable, easily deployable asset for military applications; as well as for state, local and global governmental bodies and emergency management organizations that may need to respond quickly to a broad range of needs, including environmental or weather related disasters.

What materials are pillow tanks made of?  Tanks can be made with many fabrics including mil spec and commercial fabrics that offers ultraviolet light and chemical corrosion protection. Types of fabric may also be utilized for specific applications including XR-5 military spec fabrics, and NSF 61 approved fabrics for the storage of many liquids.

What sizes are available?  And can they be used for residential water storage?

Bladder Tanks come in many sizes for many types of applications, including larger fuel farm applications and small scale fuel bladder tanks for marine applications.  The standard size range is from 50 gallons to 150,000 gallons.  To really understand the size of this, 150,000 gallons is comparable to the amount of water an average size family of four uses in a year.   According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “.. the residential water use for a family of four is 400 gallons of water per day. That’s nearly 150,000 gallons per family per year.”

(Tanks shown above are filled with air during testing)

A few basic facts about Residential Pillow Tanks & Water Storage Bladders:

Fact 1 

Collapsible water storage tanks come in a wide variety of sizes.  For residential use, common sizes range from 100, 500, and 1000 gallon bladders and may be used under crawl spaces.

Fact 2  

Where there is a need for water collection and storage, portable, collapsible storage tanks and water bladders are ideal for use as part of a rainwater harvesting or general storage system.

Fact 3

Water bladders, water tanks and pillow tanks are flexible, collapsible and designed for durability and fast deployment.

Interstate Products (IPI) manufactures a wide variety of water bladders for personal water storage, emergency relief situations and industrial or agricultural applications.  Custom sized potable water bladder tanks, chemical tanks, fuel storage tanks; as well as bladders for large frac tank applications.  To learn more about Interstate Product’s extended range marine fuel bladders visit our online store at: http://www.interstateproducts.com/

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Fuel Storage Tanks for Industrial, Energy and Military Applications

Interstate Products, Inc. manufactures and distributes a wide variety of collapsible fuel storage tanks for industrial applications and are used by power and energy companies all over the world.  Made from military grade materials, IPI fuel bladders are ideal for the storage of potable water, waste water, fuels, chemicals, dielectric oil and alternative fuels or blended fuel storage applications.  Our tanks are manufactured in the United States and tested to the highest quality standards using a variety of geomembrane fabric materials with 3” overlap welds on the seams.  In addition, all corners and fitting areas are reinforced for additional strength and durability. The fabrics available are precisely matched according to each application to provide optimal compatibility for the storage of liquids and to provide resistance against temperature extremes, humidity, ultra-violet exposure, abrasion, impact and corrosion.

These versatile fuel storage tanks are available from 25 gallon to 150,000 gallon capacities and can be equipped with a variety of different size bladder tank connections, fittings and valves to best serve your specific needs.  Our portable tanks and bladders are used worldwide by variety of customers for emergency response, disaster relief, Homeland Security and defense installations, and by chemical plants, utility companies, refineries, construction sites, airports, fire departments, maritime fleets and HazMat teams.  All of our military grade tanks are constructed using fabric and fittings that meet or exceed required specifications.  Every large fuel bladder manufactured by Interstate Products is backed by our industry leading warranty on seams and workmanship.

IPI fuel storage bladders –also known by military users as blivets- are collapsible, flexible storage cells that provide for temporary as well as long term fuel storage.  For fuel storage applications, our tanks are designed with unique fabrics to accommodate aviation and jet fuels, diesel, JP 8, JP 4, AV-GAS and gasoline (MOGAS).  IPI supplies industrial, power and energy companies worldwide; and our tanks are used in oil spill recovery operations, for bulk liquid transport and the storage of bilge slops.  Standard tank models are designed for land based, stationary operations, but can also be used on the decks of boats and large marine vessels with proper support.  Our standard fuel bladder tanks sizes range from 100 gallons to 150,000 gallons capacities and larger, with custom manufactured fuel storage bladders and cells also available to exacting specifications.

Our military style fuel bladders are built with military grade materials and may also be fabricated to meet US Mil Spec requirements using a variety of flexible, fuel resistant fabrics which provide ultraviolet light and chemical resistance.  Collapsible storage tanks are suitable for unblended diesel fuel for long term storage or unblended gasoline less than 1 year.  Interstate Products offers a variety of secondary containment solutions, including spill berms, which should be used for all fuel storage operations to facilitate compliance with various SPCC and EPA regulations.  To meet SPCC regulations, spill berms are typically used for storage applications of less than 5000 US gallons; berm Liners are recommended for use on any tanks over 5000 gallons for secondary containment.  Users should check with all local regulatory agencies before deploying collapsible storage systems in public areas.  IPI has created an extensive secondary containment information library where our clients can review available fabrics for custom fuel tanks and spill berms, XR-5 fabric case studies, view bladder tank drawings and letters of recommendation from specific US military applications.  To view a broad selection of images that illustrate some of the common applications for our standard fuel and water storage tank products visit our Fuel Storage and Pillow Tank Gallery at: http://www.interstateproducts.com/tanks_gallery.htm

As a leading multi-brand supplier of quality environmental, maintenance and safety product solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional, military and various government organizations, IPI also offers special services for emergency relief situations and military use. Call 1-800-238-4259 or 1-800-472-3392 for after hours or emergency information.  To learn more about Interstate Product’s wide selection of fuel storage tanks, portable spill berms and hazmat supplies visit our online store at: http://www.interstateproducts.com/fuel_storage_bladders.htm

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