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Rand gets $86,000 Permastore water tank

by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter

Waugh Construction (Bahamas) Co. Ltd. was recently awarded a contract by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) to erect a water storage tank on the grounds of the Rand Memorial Hospital.

According to Kevin Waugh, Project Manager at Waugh Construction, the Permastore Water Tank valued at $86,000 will be utilized by the hospital to increase the facility’s water storage in times of water loss, which can typically occur during the hurricane season.

“For the past two weeks, a team of five men from Waugh Construction has been in the process of erecting a Permastore Water Tank here at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

“This particular water storage tank is unlike the traditional steel water tanks found around Grand Bahama, as Permastore Water Tanks & Silos are composed of glass fused-to-steel, modular bolted tanks that combine the strength and engineering flexibility of steel with the corrosion resistance of glass,” said Waugh.

The project manager revealed the tank once completed would store 54,000 gallons of water noting, “The Permastore tank has a long life lasting up to 50 years, it has a low capital cost, low maintenance cost, it is designed for a rapid site installation time, it has the flexibility to expand and it can be easily dismantled and relocated.

“Over the past few years Waugh Construction has erected approximately six water storage tanks on Grand Bahama for various companies with the most recognized tank located on the Warren J. Levarity Highway near Martin Marietta Materials (Bahama Rock).”

Of the opinion that due to the durability and reliability of the tanks and silos, Waugh said steel tanks, which can become highly corrosive should be phased out and replaced by Permastore for the purpose of potable (drinking) water storage and water used to fight fires.

The estimated completion of the Permastore tank based on size, diameter and time the materials were ordered and shipped at the Rand Memorial Hospital, is four months Waugh stated.

Permastore Limited (Permastore Tanks & Silos) is headquartered in Suffolk, England however, Waugh Construction Co. Ltd. is the official authorized distributor of Permastore Tanks & Silos for The Bahamas and other major Caribbean countries that include Aruba, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, the Turks & Caicos Islands and The U.S. Virgin Islands said the vice president and director of Waugh Construction Co. Ltd. Brian M. Waugh and Doug Prudden, respectively.

“Permastore Tanks & Silos are suitable for municipal, industrial, agricultural, mining and biofuel requirements, which simply means it can be used for a variety of needs such as grain storage or at water treatment plants.

“We see it as a great product, which can be used in the Family Islands for water storage or as a booster station to pump potable water into homes and businesses around those islands as is already the case on Grand Bahama in certain areas,” said Waugh.

Permastore Tanks & Silos are erected first using a concrete, water sealed foundation then the roof and top ring are assembled and jacked up so that the other ring panels can be added and bolted to the height desired.

And while the Permastore Tanks & Silos used here are good for water storage, the storage of petroleum is prohibited due to the fact that the sealant used in the tanks can evaporate when in contact with the harsh chemical make-up of fossil fuels.

As a result of that fact, Waugh noted, welded steel tanks cannot be completely phased out and in the case of petroleum storage they are the best to use.

Waugh Construction Co. Ltd. was founded in 1965 by the late Harold ‘Sonny’ Waugh serving more than 12 major corporations locally and internationally and specializes in land clearing, road construction, subdivision development, multipurpose concrete foundations, vacuum sewer systems, marina construction, demolition, water infrastructure systems and tank and silo construction.

Published Thursday, June 12, 2014

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