"If you were to take a tour of the greenhouses in the Netherlands you would see that not every water silo is well maintained. Sometimes there are even plants growing above the silo, which has consequences for the water quality and must be prevented," says Kees Ooms, director of Buwatec. He believes that with the BUWAdome, developed in cooperation with Albers Alligator, the problem can be overcome.
A BUWAdome at one of the bigger Dutch tomato growers
In the Netherlands thousands of water silos are located at greenhouses and related industries. These silos are usually well covered with a tarpaulin or a floating roof, but this is not always the case. Kees: "Both systems are very suitable for horticulture, but have their drawbacks. The tarpaulins for outside storage are only suitable for diameters of 8 to 9 metres and are less resistant to heavy rain or snow. The tarpaulins, on the other hand, can be used for all silos, but a tarpaulin does not cover the water silo completely, which can lead to algae growth."
Covering silos is very important to ensure the quality of the water. In many cases, the water silo is not considered particularly important, but the stored water is. Often, less attention is paid to the silo cover, even though it is one of the most important components.
As a solution to this problem and to improve the quality of the water, Buwatec has developed the BUWAdome in cooperation with Albers Alligator. With the innovative BUWAdome system, which completely covers the water silo, the problem can be overcome.
The BUWAdome is a lightweight and affordable cover for every water silo up to a diameter of 17 meter. Due to the 'smart' brackets, which are developed for over the edge, the BUWAdome systems are suitable for all types of water silos. "The roofs are therefore not only available for Buwatec silos, but also for all other tank suppliers," Kees emphasises. "Every grower is therefore able to purchase a BUWAdome roof system to optimise the quality of his water."
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