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Life After Storage Tank Death: 9 Cool Converted Storage Tanks

While it’s not recommended to use an old oil tank for supplying drinking water, there are many other ways to up-cycle a contaminated tank, converting it to something else to extend its life and reduce trash. The following is a collection of cool, converted storage tanks – both oil and other – that have found life after death.

1. Data Center

The Altamonte Springs, Florida IT team wanted to save millions of dollars to build a facility to protect the city’s data center from potential hurricane devastation, so they relocated the data center to an 770,000 gallon water tank. Offering eight-inch thick walls of reinforced concrete, the dome-shaped tank provides space for the optimized data center with a solid disaster recovery infrastructure.


2. Water Tank

A garden water tank can be built using an old storage tank. Spray the inside of the tank until the drain valve runs clear, treat the tank with a solution and make a few adjustments, and in just a few days of (messy) work, you’ll be set with a new water supply for your garden.

old water tank

3. Smoker Cooker

By removing the valves and doing a little rebuilding, a propane tank can be used for a smoker cooker, as the Smoker King has effectively demonstrated.


4. Live Art Show

Using oil tanks that have been unused since 1981, Tate Modern became the world’s first museum to permanently dedicate a space to live art. The space is simply referred to as “The Tanks”, providing a raw, industrial space for the arts.

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5. Garden Planters

A great do-it-yourself project, April Decheine and her husband worked hard to convert an old tank into a garden planter.


6. Root Cellar

The idea to convert a decommissioned oil tank into a root cellar was the brainchild of Len Vassallo, who used a medium-sized fiberglass tank for his root cellar, which was constructed in 2011 and now stores a variety of root vegetables.


7. Swimming Pool

Playa Del Carmen’s Hotel Basico mixes an industrial aesthetic with recycled materials, like their rooftop pools constructed using oil tanks.


8. Sleeping Pods

This futuristic sleeping pod is made from converted petroleum tank by LOT-EK, a shipping container specialist that aims to blur the boundaries between form and function. This New York space includes two sleeping pods and two bathrooms.


9. Art

Creative types are always looking for new material and new ideas. Jean-Pierre Schoss demonstrates this very concept through his work created by recycling steel from oil tanks.


TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.