Entries are now being accepted for Tnemec Company’s 2022 Tank of the Year competition, announced Scott Keilbey, Sales Director – Water Tank Market. All tank styles are eligible and the deadline for nominating projects is Friday, September 23.

“We look forward to another great year of recognizing the creative uses of Tnemec coatings on water storage tanks,” explained Keilbey. “It’s amazing how the contest has grown during the past 16 years; it has become a great way to showcase what’s going on in the water tank industry.”

Nominations can be submitted electronically by visiting tnemec.com/tankoftheyear. All varieties of water tanks are eligible. Nominated tanks must have been coated, or recoated, in the last two years with Tnemec coatings, and should be submitted with high-resolution photography.

Once the deadline has passed, photographs of all nominated water tanks will be posted on the contest website where the general public can vote for their favorite tank: The People’s Choice. People’s Choice online voting will be open from October 3 - 14.

The winner of the People’s Choice will automatically be considered among 11 other Tnemec-determined runners-up for the official Tank of the Year crown. A committee of water tank enthusiasts will judge these finalists based on artistic value, the significance of the tank to the surrounding community, and any challenges encountered during the project. The overall winner of the Tank of the Year contest will be announced Friday, Oct. 21.

Last year’s Tank of the Year was in Moorhead, Minnesota. Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors, LLC coated the 750,000-gallon tank with an energetic, colorful wrap-around mural. Using Tnemec’s long-lasting fluoropolymer finish HydroFlon, the project team was able to add another stunning water tank to their skyline that will retain its vibrant color and gloss for years and serve as a community billboard to visitors near and far. 

“To help keep this tank colorful for years, an advanced fluoropolymer coating system, featuring Series 700 HydroFlon, was selected to provide unprecedented color and gloss retention,” Keilbey observed. “HydroFlon limits maintenance and extends the service life of water storage tanks, providing one of the most sustainable coating options with the lowest life-cycle cost.”

During the 2021 competition, nearly 300 tanks were nominated for the contest. The public cast over 14,000 online votes. “The Tank of the Year competition has gained popularity in the industry since its inception in 2006,” Keilbey added. “We look forward to seeing what this year’s competition looks like, and hope that it continues to be an exciting contest for every engineer, applicator, and municipality involved.”

Below are important calendar dates for the 2022 Tank of the Year contest:

  • September 23: Tank nominations close.
  • October 3: Voting opens at 9AM CST.
  • October 14: Voting closes at 5PM CST. 
  • October 17: People’s Choice and finalists announced. 
  • October 21: Tank of the Year announced.