Mobile Liquid Tanks


Portable Liquid Storage Tank Uses

What Can Be Stored in a Portable Liquid Storage Tank?

A portable liquid storage tank is a large heavy gauge steel tank, that can be used in large cleanup operations, oil field operations or simply for temporary storage of water and other liquids. However, not all portable liquid storage tanks are built the same, and some are more ideal for specific jobs than others. Learn more about the most common uses of portable liquid storage tanks, so you can find the best fit for your specific needs.

portable liquid storage tank


This is the most common use for liquid storage tanks, including everything from waste water and ground water to water from a drilling operation or from an industrial cleaning operation. Portable liquid storage tanks even come in handy for special events, as they can store the water needed to prepare roads. Types of water that can be stored include:

  • Ground water
  • Rain/storm water
  • Waste water
  • Snow (solid and melted)
  • Frac water
  • Contaminated water (from containing concrete grindings, to traces of arsenic)
  • Demineralized water
  • Distilled water
  • Salt water


Several different types of chemicals (with a low concentration) can be stored inside portable liquid storage tanks. These can be helpful in storing chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides, pharmaceutical or items for chemical mixing, and even acid in low concentrations. The most common chemicals frequently stored in portable liquid storage tanks include:

  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Magnesium hydroxide
  • Aluminum chloride
  • Ferrous chloride
  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Boric acid
  • Citric acid
  • Fatty acids
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Sulfuric acid (under 65% concentration)
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Useful for holding several different types of oil and gasses, including:

  • Jet fuel
  • Diesel fuel
  • Auto fuel
  • Biodiesel
  • Crude oil/petroleum gasoline
  • Natural gas
  • Ethanol


This is not the crude oil typically thought of when referring to “oil and gas” but rather the liquid from plant, animal or mineral sources used for lubrication, insulation or food preparation. Portable liquid storage tanks can hold the following oils:

  • Transformer oil
  • Lube oil
  • Processing oil
  • Quench oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Soybean oil


There are also a plethora of other items that don’t fall into one of the other categories. Some of the other items that can be stored in portable liquid storage tanks include:

  • Waste *not hazardous materials*
  • Drilling mud
  • Manure
  • Detergent
  • Animal feed
  • Animal fat
animal feed

*Note: Hazardous materials include anything that causes (or is suspected to cause) corrosion.

Want more information?

If you want to read more about portable liquid storage tanks, you can read about Types of Liquid Storage Tanks.

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