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Unless you’re in the waste management sector, bulk liquid storage might not be a term you’re overly familiar with. But it’s a critical part of keeping sewage and septic tanks in good working order — and that’s something we all rely on more than we may realise. Read on to discover how bulk liquid storage fits into the sewage tank emptying process and why it’s so important.

Bulk liquid storage: what does it mean?

Bulk liquid storage simply refers to the storage of large volumes of liquids, like oil, water, and chemicals in septic tanks or other containment systems. More specifically, it refers to the temporary storage of liquid waste before it is transported for treatment or disposal.

Septic tanks are a type of onsite wastewater treatment system most common in rural areas and other locations where centralised sewer systems are not available. Wastewater from homes or businesses will collect in an underground tank. Here, solids settle to the bottom and liquids are discharged to a drain field for further treatment.

However, septic tanks can only hold a limited amount of liquid waste. When the tank becomes full, it must be pumped out and the waste transported to a treatment facility or disposal site. This is where bulk liquid storage comes in — the liquid waste is temporarily stored in a tank or other container until it can be transported for further treatment or disposal.

In some circumstances, it might be necessary to store other types of liquid waste, such as industrial wastewater or hazardous materials. In these situations, septic tank emptying companies will need to take special steps to dispose of it safely. At M Gaze & Co, we have the skills and facilities to store oil and chemicals in our five bunded tanks.

How does it work?

There are a few methods that can be used to transfer the liquid from the original tank to the storage tank. Depending on the liquid type and volume, you may need to pump, pour, or gravity-feed it.

Once the liquid is in the container, it must be properly monitored and managed to ensure that it remains safe and stable. This includes regular inspections to check for leaks, corrosion, or other damage to the container, as well as monitoring the temperature and other conditions to ensure that the liquid remains within safe parameters.

When the liquid is no longer needed, an authorised company must dispose of it or transport it to another location for further use. 

Why is bulk liquid storage so important?

By ensuring the safe and efficient handling of liquids, bulk liquid storage plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for all. Without it, septic and sewage tanks can overflow, leaching wastewater into the surrounding environment. 

If your business produces large amounts of liquid waste, you might consider onsite storage. However, this often involves setting up costly infrastructure. You’ll need to invest in suitable tanks which require meticulous maintenance and upkeep. 

The alternative is to work with a specialist bulk liquid storage provider who can handle all the details for you. Why not get in touch with the team at M Gaze and Co to discuss your bulk liquid storage?

Septic tank emptying and bulk liquid storage services from M Gaze & Co

Whether you work in agriculture or you’re in charge of residential sewage tank emptying, we can help you transport and store bulk liquid waste safely. We’re proud to be members of the Tank Storage Association and adhere to the highest standards and processes set by the industry. For more information on bulk liquid storage or our other septic tank emptying servicescontact us today.


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