Fabricated Steel Pipes and Tanks

More than 135 years ago, the first steel pipe ever laid in America began supplying water to the population of San Francisco. This five-mile long conduit—unlined, uncoated and unwrapped—was the first of millions of miles of pipe and millions of tons of steel used to create the infrastructure of America’s water, chemical and petrochemical distribution and transmission infrastructure.

As a testament to steel's durability, this pipe is still in service today. With considerable and ongoing improvements in the quality of mill steel, fabrication technology, welding, linings, coatings, and cathodic protection, the combination of steel's strength, performance, and durability remains unparalleled.

Steel also makes sense as the material of choice for above-ground water storage tanks. Steel's unmatched historic performance is clearly demonstrated by membership in the Century Club, whose water storage tank members have each provided over 100 years of service to owners and local residents.

As with water storage tanks, steel fuel storage tanks (both above-ground and below-ground) have lower initial and life cycle costs than other materials, meet zero leakage tolerance standards, are safe in the face of extreme weather conditions or natural disasters (including earthquakes, tornadoes, mud slides and extreme temperature changes), and are recyclable. They also exceed current Environmental Protection Agency Standards.

SMDI works with the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association to conduct research and promote technology transfer in the fabricated steel pipe and tank marketplace.

Now Available! A free, online management tool—Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)—to quantify the Net Present Value of water storage tank ownership. Available from the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association.

Steel Facts from STI/SPFA - "Steel: The First Choice for Large-Diameter Water Pipe" - Steel pipe provides consistent strength, flexibility, durability, long life and other lasting benefits. Find out more here. Check out the suite of Steel Facts from STI/SPFA.