Managing Australia’s Water Supplies

Bushmans Group Pty Ltd

Originally founded in 1989, Bushmans Group Pty Ltd is proud to serve New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia, and parts of the Northern Territory. The company’s motto, “Saving Australia’s Water,” stands as a reflection of Bushmans Group and the valuable products and services it provides. As every Australian knows, rainfall in the nation typically falls into one of two camps: far too little, or a great deal too much. While long-term drought is prevalent in some states, others receive excessive amounts; recently, 70 per cent of NSW was flooded or under threat, with parts of Queensland and Victoria also affected. In cases of drought, precious reserves of water must be kept in storage tanks for later use. In many commercial cases, excessive stormwater from sealed concrete areas is often kept in storage tanks, and is sometimes treated before it is slowly released back in the system, to prevent overloading sewerage systems.

“Anyone in industry – be that a mine site, development business, or manufacturer – has to ensure that any water that they release into the stormwater system or back into the environment is clean, and meets various Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements,” says Chris Glenn, Bushmans Group Managing Director.

Products for Home, Industry, Agriculture

High quality and extremely efficient, Bushmans Group tanks are created from one piece of Ultraviolet (UV) stabilised polyethylene, and made to last. Designed to meet a wide range of storage applications, the company’s tanks are created for water and liquid storage for urban and rural households, agricultural and farm use, and a range of demanding industrial applications.

Ranging in size from 720 litres to 46,400 litres, Bushmans Group tanks comply with all Australian standards for drinking water and food contact. All are quality tested, straightforward to install, require little maintenance, and provide years of reliable, worry-free performance. In addition to holding water, tanks can be used to contain a range of liquids, come in a range of colours, and are opaque to block out light – which in water can introduce insects or algae.

Manufactured with pride at facilities in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, tanks are made to suit a number of applications. For farmers, the company’s range of products encompasses water, liquid fertilizer, and molasses storage, along with troughs and feeders. For housing, commercial, industrial and resource sector projects, architects, engineers and builders will often incorporate storage tanks into the overall design for functionality and aesthetic purposes, so they blend seamlessly into their environment. Created for easy installation, most Bushmans tanks can be connected quickly, and the company also offers a range of pump and tank packages to suit most residential and commercial purposes.

Making Tank Purchasing Simple

To make purchasing a tank as easy as possible, the Bushmans Group provides a range of styles and sizes for slimline, modular and round tanks and makes them available on the company website, Along with determining style of tank, the trained staff at Bushmans Group help customers determine their water storage needs. Will the tank be used for drinking only, or for watering the garden? These and other questions assist clients, and provide answers on tank site and location.

“Householders need to look at various factors when choosing a tank, like roof area, the amount of rain they get over a two-month period, and the amount of space available for the tank,” explains Mr Glenn. Residential homes tend to benefit from slimline tanks, while larger rural properties incorporate bigger round tanks. In the country, tank selection is driven by overall water needs of the household: what kind of garden is there, what roof area is available to capture water (including houses, sheds and other outbuildings), and how much rain falls. To determine potential water catchment, every square metre of roof equals one litre of water for every millimetre of rain. Multiplying the total square metres of roof area (roof pitch doesn’t alter the amount of catchment) by annual rainfall average will determine the total potential catchment for a year. Industrial clients often have specific requirements based on the amount of liquid they need to manage through their operations, which varies from one application to another.

In addition to having its own fleet of delivery vehicles, Bushmans Group provides valuable advice to clients on the best place to site their new tank (Freecall number 1800 287 462), and helps determine fittings needs to connect tanks, including strainer, overflow, outlet and ball valve, flex hose kits, and any additional fittings needed depending on whether a customer is plumbing into a domestic or rural system.

Some local Councils require pressure tested valves, while others require WaterMarked valves. Earlier this year, it was announced that councils and state governments are now requiring residential and commercial buildings to have a water storage tank installed with the construction of new dwellings, commercial buildings, and for the renovation of existing structures, making the need to choose the right tank for the application more important than ever.

In some cases, older buildings may require more than one tank, as storm water can exit a site from multiple locations. For commercial or industrial buildings, there is often a need for special fittings which connect to operational equipment and can be added to suit specific applications; in cases where water is contaminated with substances such as chemicals, oil, or grease, for example, it may need to be treated before it is released into water drainage systems. Since all tanks are manufactured from polyethylene instead of metal, they are far more resistant to chemical corrosion, and very well suited to industrial uses.

Creating quality tanks for over two decades, the Bushmans Group has heavily invested into the research and development of its products to ensure they meet the needs of city and country homeowners, industry, and farmers. Along with unmatched products, the company also maintains a comprehensive, Six Step Guide on how to install water tanks to maximise effectiveness, along with advice on how to maintain tanks and keep them operating properly for years of trouble-free service. To maintain tanks in good condition, it is important to inspect screens to ensure they are in good condition and to prevent rodents and birds, along with mosquitoes and other insects, from getting inside the tank, and to clean screens and gutters to keep them free from leaves and other organic materials.

Although basic tank design does not drastically change from one model to the next, other components – including outlets, inlets, and processing equipment that goes inside the tank – do change, and Bushmans Group will manufacture products for a range of applications. Since tanks have no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance-free, and usually simply require a cleaning every few years, depending on their application, degree of use, and other factors.

With strategically located manufacturing and distribution facilities, Bushmans Group is able to provide local delivery and servicing of products to most towns and districts across eastern and central Australia. As one of the nation’s first manufacturers of residential, agricultural and industrial tanks, the company remains committed to ongoing development and improvement, superior service and advice on tank selection, size and location, and boasts a strong understanding of customer and local requirements. All products are quality tested and guaranteed, and the company’s highly experienced staff are on hand to answer all client enquiries and assist customers in choosing the best solution for their needs.

“It is a very competitive market – like most markets in this day and age – but Bushmans Group is one of the market leaders,” says Mr Glenn. “The business has been built over many years, and we have more experience in making larger polyethylene tanks than anyone across the industry.”

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December 19, 2018, 9:24 AM AEDT