Leachate is the liquid that collects in landfills subsequent to rainfall. Rainwater leaches contaminants from the waste material in the landfill. Due to high contaminant levels, including ammonia and other pathogens, leachate poses a severe environmental risk not only to public sewer systems and sewage treatment, but to streams, rivers and lakes. Therefore, landfill leachate and liquid storage tanks for chemical collection are a vital, specific application recognized by waste management teams.
Most landfills allow the disposal of organic materials that produce methane as they degrade. Methane released into the air poses the risk of explosion, whereas dissolved methane in the leachate necessitates methane stripping. Other leachate applications include large manufacturers and mining operations such as coal and metal ore. Many rock extraction processes produce waste containing sulfides. When sulfides come into contact with air, the result is highly toxic sulfuric acid.
Older landfills, mining sites in developing countries and incorrect disposal of waste present the highest environmental risks. Leachate dumped directly into rivers or lakes instead of stored in leachate tanks has an acute negative impact on water resources. High levels of toxic metals and organic toxins may devastate aquatic lifeforms and poison potable water.
Leachate storage tanks operate as intermediate tanks or tight tanks. Intermediate tanks briefly hold leachate until it is released for treatment at an on-site facility. Tight tanks hold leachate until it is pumped out and removed to either an off-site treatment facility or disposed of in an approved manner.
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Since 1970, Modutank Inc. has offered a selection of storage tanks and secondary containment systems suitable for most leachate, water, chemical, fuel containment and seismic requirements. Composed of modular steel parts and fitted with various liner materials, our tanks feature rapid bolt-together assembly with hand tools. These leachate tanks can be installed free- standing on level, compacted surfaces or permanently anchor-bolted to concrete footings. Modularity assures a wide range of sizes and capacities. Furthermore, our flat panel tanks can be configured in round, square, rectangular or special shapes for irregular sites. Floating covers, steel covers, double liners, inlet and outlet fittings, leak detection, drains, vents and other ancillaries are available.
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