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Coatings Experts Discuss The Artistic Nature Of Water Tank Design

La Porte, Water Tank, Texas, Tnemec Company Inc, Hydroflon

The La Porte water tank in Texas is award-winning. The legged tower features a mural, “Life By The Bay,” and is a stunning example of a water tank’s ability to be used like canvas. In an article by Tnemec Company, Inc. they discuss the trend of water tanks moving towards artist expression. The authors explain, “Across the nation, these towering symbols of community pride are attracting the attention of general news media and earning recognition from national awards programs that acknowledge steel fabricators, contractors and owners for outstanding water tank projects.”

Wamego, Kansas, Water Tank, Tnemec Company, Hydroflon

Focusing on design and aesthetics, Tnemec began bringing attention to these tanks by conducting the annual Tank of the Year contest since 2006. “The Tank of the Year contest has motivated creative thinking when it comes to the use of graphics on elevated water towers,” according to coating consultant Erik Otten of Taylor Coating Sales, Inc.

Campbell Missouri Water Tank, Waters Engineering, Maguire Iron, Tnemec Company Inc
photography ©Maguire Iron, Inc.

Every year hundreds of water tanks are nominated across the United States and Canada, all by towns supporting their local communities. The tanks vary in color schemes and content, but they have one thing in common, they all instill a source of pride. These vibrant tanks are achieved with the use of high-performance coating systems.

Mt Vernon Water Tank, Tnemec Company, Hydroflon

The tanks often feature a low volatile organic compound (VOC) fluoropolymer coating system from Tnemec, renowned for its long-term resistance to ultraviolet (UV) light, corrosion, and outstanding color and gloss retention. The Series V700 HydroFlon fluoropolymer coating system protects the tank’s exterior from UV light degradation and corrosion so these iconic tanks can remain intact for years to come.

Newton, Kansas, Water Tank, Tnemec Company, Hydroflon Series 700, Lumiflon FEVE

Tnemec explains, “Our fluoropolymer exterior finish coatings were introduced to the potable water tank market more than 15 years ago. Available in virtually any color, fluoropolymer coatings offer unprecedented long-term gloss and color retention, excellent resistance to abrasion and chalking, and user-friendly application with brush, roller or spray equipment.”

HydroFlon contains Lumiflon FEVE technology, which is a main contributor to the coating system’s hyper-durability.

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