Youth is Served: Gladeville Tanks Defy Age

Sept. 16, 2019

Aquastore tanks, built using glass-fused-to-steel technology, are ideal for Gladeville's reliable water storage needs.  

There are few things in this world that get better with age: wine, maybe. But most things in life do not withstand the test of time, like physical objects that are exposed to the elements. When thousands of customers are relying on clean, safe drinking water there is little margin for error. What works today has to work just as efficiently 15 or 20 years from now.

Danny Lassiter knows the importance of reliable water storage. As project manager of the Gladeville Utility District in Tennessee, Lassiter continues to marvel at the dependability of Aquastore tanks. Gladeville has five Aquastore tanks and Lassiter said it is impossible to tell the difference between the oldest tank, built in 1992, and the one built in 2007. Both are used for potable water storage at the plant.

“After we put the second tank online in 2007, we took the old one offline for inspections and cleaning,” said Lassiter. “We drained it and the only thing we had to do was clean up some silt on the floor. The glass and bolts were in perfect condition.”

Lassiter has never had any problems with the tanks and figures maintenance on the older Aquastore has cost the district about $200 over the last 15 years. It is one of the main reasons why Gladeville now employs five Aquastore tanks for storage, with a sixth on the way.

The Gladeville Water Treatment Plant was built in 1992 when the district purchased its first Aquastore. Demand has grown steadily and a third well was drilled in 2017. Lassiter pointed out that the name of the aquifer, Beinshawee, comes from the Shawnee language, which means “big water” or “deep water.” The region was a well-known, overnight stop for the Shawnee because of the availability of water and shelter. Later, the area was home of the largest tobacco plantations and horse farms in the south, a large part due to the water supply. 

It is no surprise that for generations, residents and businesses have counted on an abundance of water and the Gladeville Utility District delivers thanks to Aquastore and the crew at Southeastern Tank, the area’s exclusive Aquastore dealer. Lassiter said they go above and beyond and do more than just service existing tanks.

“We have a concrete tank at Nashville Superspeedway, which is out of service because the track is closed to competitive events,” Lassiter said. “Some light bulbs were burned out in a hard-to-access area and I called Shelly at Southeastern and asked if they’d change them out. She said no one had ever asked them to do that before but she’d be happy to.”

In fact, Southeastern Tank is located in the district and many employees, including CEO Dustin Dowdy, are customers.

“We are rural water through and through,” said Dowdy. “We offer systematic construction that is up to code and delivered on schedule, proactive and preventive care, the right accessory when you need it and solutions to keep your water at optimal quality. Our goal is to deliver storage solutions that meet the needs of rural water systems at a price that meets their budgets.”

Gladeville Utility District serves parts of three counties in middle Tennessee: Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson. The area is business-friendly and has attracted companies like of Amazon, Nissan and Starbucks, which have opened distribution centers. Lassiter knows that as the district’s needs grow, it can scale-up quickly thanks to Aquastore’s ease of construction.

Unlike other liquid storage tanks, an Aquastore tank is built with a series of mechanical jacks, which use a smaller footprint than traditional steel or concrete tank erection. First, the top ring of panels is assembled, then lifted up to make room for the next ring, and so on.

Aquastore’s glass-fused-to-steel technology, used for water and liquid storage, performs against concrete, steel bolted and elevated tanks. More than 100,000 have been installed for numerous applications in over 70 countries around the world. They are corrosion resistant and built to withstand the hot Florida sun, humidity and salt air, and retains its brilliant luster for decades, which means it does not have to be repainted. Lifecycle costs are some of the lowest in the industry, with minimal maintenance required.

Last year, Gladeville pumped over 700 million gal of water to 7,000 customers, and it is good to know that its storage needs will be met for decades to come.