Polymaster providing proper solutions for wastewater storage

Storing wastewater and other hazardous chemicals is not a market opportunity for the faint of heart. Getting it wrong can cost millions in fines, not to mention a loss of reputation. Polymaster is setting the standard.

Storing wastewater and other hazardous chemicals is not a market opportunity for the faint of heart. Getting it wrong can cost millions in fines, not to mention a loss of reputation. Polymaster is setting the standard.

“We don’t see a huge range of chemicals in the water industry, as opposed to the wastewater industry. We build our tanks out of material that will be inert to the chemicals.”

That’s Jason Egan, the National Key Account Manager for Polymaster. Polymaster is an Australian manufacturer of liquid storage solutions. The family-owned national business has offices and facilities throughout Australia, and its vision is to become the industry standard for liquid storage.

Egan has been with Polymaster for about four years. He came to the industry after years in rail and logistics.

“Polymaster is a good business. It’s growing and knows what it will do and where it will expand. Its progress and growth combine well with the people and the culture. Our staff turnover tends to be low, so I’m happy to be here,” he said.

Polymaster has been at the forefront of the industry for almost three decades. Its success comes from designing and manufacturing industry-endorsed and product-certified solutions. Its products include chemical tanks, diesel storage, rainwater tanks, liquid fertiliser storage, septic tanks, and animal care products. Polymaster has built its reputation on innovative designs, good customer service, and commitment to delivering quality products.

At the cutting-edge of liquid storage

Polymaster’s commitment to innovation is reflected in the range of materials used to create its tanks. Its quality promise means users will get products that will last. It is what Polymaster has built its products, reputation, and entire business around. Top-grade materials are fundamental to its products. They are trialled and tested at every point in the design and manufacturing process. Every tank is backed up with global quality and process certifications.

“The big difference we have is that Polymaster has its grades of chemical material,” said Egan. “We have a sister business of the company, which produces raw materials for our tanks. The team add antioxidants to achieve different grades of chemical compatibility. It means we offer specific tanks that will hold specific chemicals. When engineers look for a storage tank, they can be sure that Polymaster can offer a compatible tank. They do not need to work out if the tank is compatible, the right size, and in line with the relevant standards. If an engineer wants a sodium hypochlorite tank, we can provide one.”

It’s not just the materials that keep Polymaster at the forefront of such technology. Including dosing equipment as part of the construction benefits customers. All the products can be included in the cabinet for dosing equipment.

“We can install the pump, pipe works, and other elements internally,” he said. “It allows our customers to accurately dose the chemicals needed for the relevant purpose. This is critical for those working in the food and beverage industry or water treatment. No one wants to be responsible for the destruction of the final product. When it comes to water treatment, the disposal of improperly treated water into waterways can result in significant fines.”

Involved in major projects

Polymaster has been involved in many projects across Australia. Some of its key work is around soil remediation.

“We are working with almost every major road and rail project across Australia,” Egan said. “You can see the cone-bottom tanks on those sites. They are designed to encourage the sludge to sink to the bottom, almost as part of a pre-filter process. We can hook them up to pipes and backwash tanks on site, so we call them plug and play.”

Once the tanks are full of liquid, coagulant flocculants can be added to ensure the sludge sinks to the bottom. The next process is usually filtration. Polymaster also helps clients complete their pH corrections.

“When it comes to trade waste from various industries, it largely works the same way, finishing with pH correction,” he said. “The water utilities require us to have the pH of the water within a very specific range, and significant fines kick in if the client can’t meet that. It’s why there is a meter for tracking the pH level.”

Proud of continual innovations

Egan spoke about the innovation behind the company. He is most proud of the self-bunded chemical tanks. They are double-walled, and the self-bunding means that Polymaster has effectively manufactured a tank within a tank. The smaller internal tank is constructed inside a second purpose-built polyethylene tank. It’s designed to prevent chemicals from interacting with the environment in the unlikely event of a leak.

While Polymaster is also proud of its integrated dosing systems, Egan spoke about one of the top-selling new products.

“One thing attracting a lot of attention is our unique Enclosed IBC Bund. It solves many problems associated with IBC storage and chemical/fluid decanting in a weather-resistant, purpose-built enclosure,” he said. “Polymaster makes it from high-grade polyethylene material. The enclosed IBC Bund allows easy forklift movement with a simple connection to a 250-litre day tank. It eliminates OH&S issues associated with IBC handling. We developed this product with some of our biggest customers, so their engagement in the process was vital.”

The innovation is part of Polymaster’s acceptance in the marketplace. Their continued focus on research and development has shown customers that Polymaster is at the cutting edge of liquid storage.

“We’re adding pH and chlorine analysers that are now standard for dosing systems. It gives customers reportability and transparency, supporting their environmental and sustainability goals.”

For more information, visit https://www.polymaster.com.au/

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