Welded steel tanks can provide effective
service lives in excess of 100 years if properly
maintained. Proper maintenance of steel tanks includes periodic cleaning and reapplication of a lining that provides a barrier
between the underlying steel and its environment. In almost every case in the water tank industry, this involves abrasive-blasting the steel and applying a coating. The author describes the factors involved in
water tank maintenance painting including coating condition, economics, aesthetics, civic pride and more.