Abeco Tanks a beacon of hope in Malawi


Water storage solutions are integral to ensuring a continuity of water supply during outages or where communities do not have access to piped water and for 35 years Abeco Tanks has supplied Malawi with storage tanks to help alleviate water challenges.

Since the beginning of time water is essential for thriving communities and economies which has resulted in the development of many innovative water storage solutions.

“Water tanks have evolved from a nice to have to a vital necessity in Malawi,” says Mannie Jnr. Ramos, Chief Operating Officer of Abeco Tanks, the leader in hygienic water storage solutions in Africa for 37 years.


Abeco has been providing public and private organisations in Malawi with water tanks since the eighties, as such their solutions have become “beacons of hope” during water outages.

Abeco was founded in 1983 amidst growing concern for water scarcity and water shortages which interrupted the supply of clean water to Africa’s communities and businesses.

37 years later, having erected more water tanks than any other company in Southern Africa, Abeco has become the clear leader in design, manufacturing and installation of water storage tanks.


Their approach to water storage is what sets this African company apart from its competitors.  “Our ‘water banks’ act similarly to a savings account one would have in a bank so that Malawians have the water they need to keep operating, even in times of water scarcity,” says Ramos. “That’s why Abeco is the world’s first bank for the business of water.”

This positioning combined with the manufacturing of high-quality products and significant experience has served the company well and has taken Abeco far beyond Southern Africa to more than 30 countries.

The Abeco brand is well-known and trusted throughout Africa.

Abeco partners with local government municipalities, industrial and commercial property development companies, industrial, engineering and mining companies, fire control companies, farms and corporates to ensure a stable supply of hygienic water.

With the right storage tank any facility that needs water to operate can remain open for a period of time when there is a water interruption. With proper planning and actively storing municipal water in a tank ahead of time water continuity is assured and the negative impact is minimised.

“We act as ‘income protectors’ to ensure that businesses can keep running and that their incomes don’t run out, even when water does,” he says.

Abeco produces the highest quality water tanks which can store from as little as 1,800 litres up to 50 million litres of water.

Abeco provides four different types of tanks: rectangular tanks, ground level water tanks, elevated water tanks, circular water tanks and custom-made water tanks.

“We also use innovative and patented precision-punching technology, which allows us to make any size tank from rectangular water tanks, circular, elevated, U shaped, L shaped or odd shaped to African water tank systems, custom water tanks, bolted, powder coated and fire tanks,” says Ramos.

There are many advantages to partnering with Abeco some of which are listed below:

  • Abeco has a proven track record in Malawi and a reputation for excellent customer service
  • Abeco’s teel tanks are quality-built with precision engineering
  • Designed for the unique African environment, Abeco’s tanks can withstand the harshest environments
  • Quick and easy to install with reduced project lead time from initialisation to completion as products are manufactured in South Africa
  • Easily customisable to the client’s exact specifications compared to other tanks which come in standard sizes
  • Tanks are flat-packed and assembled on-site so they are easy to transport to remote locations
  • Tanks are suitable for many storage applications and can store potable water, hot water, effluent, fuels and corrosive liquids.

Water is fast becoming the most important currency in Africa and is vital to success in agriculture, business, industry and mining, which are the pillars of our continent’s developing economies. That is why Abeco’s tanks have become beacons of hope in Malawi.

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