As South Africans prepare for what will be another sweltering summer, present and future JoJo Tanks owners can be rest assured that their tank has been engineered to resist the ravages of the African sun and the toughest of weather conditions.
JoJo Tanks are protected from ultraviolet radiation through a UV-stabilised outer layer that can withstand the harsh African climate. The colour pigments used in the production of the tanks have the best weather- and light-fastness properties, allowing for them to be used outdoors for many years without any fading and bleaching of the colour.
“The very first JoJo tank made over 40 years ago by Johannes Joubert in Groblersdal was a African solution for a perennial South African problem, the storage and management of water,” said Sebasti Badenhorst, Executive of sales, marketing and distribution for JoJo. “But, starting with that very first tank, the company has ensured that each tank that leaves our factories will withstand the African climatic conditions, from the cold of winter to the heat of summer.
“That is why we offer a 10-year guarantee on each tank, but we some tank owners have reported that their tanks can exceed a lifespan of over 20 years,” said Badenhorst.
JoJo Tanks are the leader in the South African market because they produce products that are both cost-effective and, most importantly, durable. To ensure the tanks allow for the highest standards of water hygiene and harvesting requires a stringent, consistent adherence to production standards.
The UV-stabilised outer layer is an inert material prevents harmful radiation from penetrating and weakening the bonds of the polythene, which along with the pigment oxidants guarantees an extended service life.
The best-quality, quality virgin LLDPE (linear-low density polyethylene) which is 100% recyclable is used, while a black inner layer prevents algae growth to keep the water fresher for longer and a BPA-free, food-grade layer prevents leaching of harmful chemicals and protects the quality of the water.
The design of the JoJo tank is iconic and much replicated, but JoJo’s durability comes from an attention to detail in the manufacture, with a greater thickness at the bottom of the tank to provide required strength to withstand the pressure from the liquid stored. Closely spaced ribs at the bottom provides added strength and there are no vertical joints or weak points in the layers for added strength.
The tanks are built to the SANS 1731:2017 standard, which was developed in conjunction with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to offer a warranty that ensures tank manufacturers conform to “world-best practise”.
“Our advice when choosing a tank is to consider what application you will need it for, and the space you have. We offer a wide range of tanks, from vertical to horizontal, with capacities ranging from 260-litres to 20 000-litres,” said Badenhorst.
“The tanks can be manufactured in a range of colours to suit various preferences and unique aesthetic requirements for the applications required. For us at JoJo, the durability of our tanks and their ability to withstand the harshness of the South African sun across the country is an essential and necessary quality. You can be assured that a JoJo Tank will not fade or degrade. They are tough enough for the sun.”