Flush with ef­flu­ent success

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MILLY KEYS

When Mata­mata busi­ness­men and mates Brett Clow and Paul Lowe got to­gether ‘‘over a cou­ple of jars,’’ the con­ver­sa­tion turned to ef­flu­ent. Ef­flu­ent in a good way. Paul, owner of Lowe Builders, has 17 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a builder in the dairy con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

He has built sev­eral cow sheds, feed pads and with this ex­ten­sive knowl­edge in the in­dus­try, knew there was a real op­por­tu­nity to sup­ply above ground stor­age tanks for our lo­cal farm­ers.

Brett has run many suc­cess­ful busi­nesses and has a knack for re­search. The pair joined forces to start Tanks and Si­los NZ Ltd.

The busi­ness has ex­clu­sive New Zealand rights to sup­ply and in­stall PER­MA­S­TORE tanks, an in­no­va­tive prod­uct made by a lead­ing com­pany in the United King­dom.

The above ground stor­age tanks are de­signed to hold vary­ing quan­ti­ties of ef­flu­ent or water and sizes range from 50,000 litres to 10 mil­lion litres in vol­ume. Heights range from 1.4 me­tres to 5.27 me­tres.

‘‘We spent sev­eral months do­ing re­search and af­ter read­ing all the ben­e­fits and the con­struc­tion pro­cesses of a PER­MA­S­TORE tank, we thought with our back­grounds, we could do that,’’ said Brett.

The tank’s pan­els are made from vit­re­ous glass fused into high strength low al­loy steel at tem­per­a­tures in ex­cess of 830 de­grees cel­sius.

This com­bi­na­tion pro­vides decades of tank pro­tec­tion and is cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant due to the glass com­po­nent and the high strength and flex­i­bil­ity of the steel.

Once de­liv­ered, th­ese sheets are bolted to­gether with polypropy­lene capped gal­vanised steel bolts and fully sealed us­ing a pur­pose made polyurethane sealant, a process devel­oped by PER­MA­S­TORE in the United King­dom.

The tanks are erected on a con­crete floor, which elim­i­nates the risks that can be as­so­ci­ated with the use of plas­tic lin­ers.

Paul and Brett trav­elled to the world con­crete expo in Las Ve­gas last year, to re­search fur­ther and en­sure that they would be pro­vid­ing their cus­tomers with the best.

‘‘It was huge and we came away with a lot of in­for­ma­tion on how to con­struct the con­crete floors,’’ said Paul.

Legally, un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act (1991), ef­flu­ent dis­charges must be man­aged to avoid ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion is given to water qual­ity and the need to keep un­treated ef­flu­ent out of nat­u­ral un­der­ground and sur­face wa­ter­ways.

Paul and Brett re­cently com­pleted their first PER­MA­S­TORE tank, which took two weeks to con­struct, at Terry Holmes’ farm in Wa­haroa. It holds 2.2 mil­lion litres of ef­flu­ent.

‘‘The tank was ideal for Terry’s farm,’’ said Brett.

‘‘It has a high water ta­ble there­fore the pond op­tion was just not vi­able.

‘‘We were able to build the tank right next to the pump­ing sta­tion and had some good yarns with Seaton from Reid and Har­ri­son about the stir­rer op­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘Plus the power was right there as well as the shed, mak­ing it very easy for Terry to man­age.’’

While con­struct­ing Terry’s tank, Brett and Paul flew in an en­gi­neer from the United States to make sure they had ev­ery­thing right.

The en­gi­neer had ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on more than 300 PER­MA­S­TORE tanks.

Tanks are in­di­vid­u­ally made to or­der and can hold any form of liq­uid the farmer is af­ter.

If you are in­ter­ested in find­ing out more, Brett and Paul, along with in­ter­na­tional area man­ager for PER­MA­S­TORE (UK), will have a stand at the ef­flu­ent expo at Mys­tery Creek on March 26.

Tank and Si­los NZ Ltd own­ers: Paul Lowe (left) and Brett Clow in front of their first com­pleted PER­MA­S­TORE tank sit­u­ated at Wa­haroa.

Un­der con­struc­tion: The 1.2 mil­lion litre tank be­ing erected at the Oko­roire farm of Pauline and Adrian Ball.

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