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Google finds use for water-storage tanks from Oklahoma data center

The Internet search giant has donated 30 large tanks to firefighters and officials in Mayes County. They plan to use the tanks for training, water storage and for conversion into storm shelters.
by Paul Monies Published: January 10, 2013

Each converted tank could hold 20 to 25 people in an emergency, Janzen said.

Janzen said Google provided a crane to load the tanks onto county trailers. The tanks are being stored at the Mayes County Fairgrounds until they can be distributed to the various agencies in the next few weeks.

Tanks valued at $1.6M

The 30 water-storage tanks would have a value of more than $1.6 million if bought new, he said.

“Google has been a very active participant in our county,” Janzen said. “They've been great to have here, and we really appreciate what they've done for us countywide.”

OSU will use three tanks to help train firefighters at its training facility west of Stillwater. Training officials said the area doesn't have adequate water pressure, so they will use the tanks to pump water to fire trucks.

“The additional storage will be a great benefit to provide water for the rural area if the wildfire season continues,” said Bryan West, manager of the fire service training facility.

Chouteau Fire Department plans to use donated tanks for confined space training, which helps firefighters learn how to rescue victims trapped in small spaces.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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