Flush with effluent success
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.