Quick Facts about Above Ground Tank Regulations

a water storage tankAbove ground storage tanks are very useful. They keep their contents readily available to their owners. This is especially useful when it stores water, fuel, or other fluids that the owner needs to keep their homes or businesses running.

However, above ground tank fabrication has to follow certain rules. You need to follow regulations when you own an above ground storage tank or AST. Here are some quick facts about above ground storage tanks you should know.


The design of an AST will depend on what you plan to put in them. If you plan to put in diesel or other flammable liquid, for instance, you need to have someone build it for that use. This means the fabricator has to use materials that will not react to the oil.

There should be some space between the roof of the tank and the top of the storage unit, or freeboard. There should also be some way to catch any liquid that might spill or leak from the storage tank safely. The most common is a dyke or curb that leads to a holding tank or basin.


You need to keep your AST in excellent condition. It is not enough that it looks okay. You should also test it regularly to make sure the tank is holding up. Different types of testing are available. The one you need depends on the type of AST you have. You need to do this especially after you make repairs to the tank. This is to make sure your AST will pass inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency. If your tank fails to pass inspection, you could look at hefty fines and other penalties.

State issues

While the rules for AST fabrication and maintenance are similar across states, each state is slightly different. You have to make sure you know the AST requirements for your state. You can get in touch with your local agency overseeing ASTs before buying one to avoid future problems.

You need to know the rules about above ground tank fabrication and maintenance if you own one or plan to buy one. You can avoid problems by making sure you follow regulations to the letter.