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I bought a tank, now what?

Congratulations! You decided to buy a septic tank or wastewater treatment plant and now what? Although it sounds like a bit of a headache, you actually went the easy route. Our tanks are self-contained units with exact dimensions that essentially require two things: transport to your property and a hole in the ground.


A regular 1000 USG septic tank is compact enough that it will fit on small delivery truck. If your contractor doesn’t have one, we can arrange for delivery to your building site. Our team will load the tank onto your truck, and five guys can lift if off at your end by manpower. Our septic tanks weigh less than 500 lbs. Because they are relatively light, make sure the tank is properly secured to the truck with straps. Our wastewater treatment plants are slightly bigger and will in most cases require transport on a utility trailer. Again, we are happy to offer this service if your contractor does not have suitable transport at hand. When off-loading the tank at your end a few precautions need to be made. Do not use forklifts to off-load unless the tanks are sitting on pallets, in which case the forks should lift the pallets and not make contact with the tank. Our tanks have integrated lifting lugs, but do not use rope that is less than half an inch thick to lift. Better still, use proper webbing straps if available to lift the tank and ensure that it is slung in such a way that the internal angle between the lifting line and the tank top is at least 60 degrees. Do not let the tank slide off the delivery vehicle as a way of lowering it. When putting it down on the ground, make sure the area is clear of rocks, rebar, construction rubble and other debris that may cause damage to the tank.

Installing my tank

We provide installation drawings that show the dimensions of the tank(s) and the depth at which they need to go into the ground. The drawings also provide plumbing and electrical information so your contractor can run plumbing pipes and/or conduit to the site of installation. Our septic tanks do not require electrical hook up, but if you bought a wastewater treatment plant, the drawings will also contain an electrical schematic that will show your electrician which cables to run to power up the plant. Our wastewater treatment plants are pre-wired at the factory to make sure the wiring is done correctly and to minimise wiring on site. When the system is in the ground our service team will come to commission the plant. Commissioning of the plant only consists of making the final electrical connections, powering up the plant and testing the system to make sure it is fully operational. We do not get involved in running electrical or plumbing connections to your property. This is the responsibility of your contractor who needs to be guided by the drawings and schematics we supply. As far as the inground installation is concerned, all that will be required is a backhoe to dig the hole in the ground. The tanks do not require a concrete slab to sit on, but do need to be placed on a surface that is reasonably level and clear of rocks and debris that could damage the tanks. If necessary, set the tank on a layer of approximately two inches of sand. Once all the plumbing pipes are hooked up to the septic tank or wastewater treatment plant and the electrical cables are in place, your contractor can start the process of burying the tanks. This involves partially filling the tanks with water to weigh them down and balance internal pressure against external pressure. Make sure to leave the manholes above ground so we can access the tank for inspection and servicing. If for whatever reason this cannot be accomplished because of the slope of your land, we can make a few internal adjustments and provide risers for the manholes up to a maximum of two feet. Some provisions may have to be made for inspection, so make sure to discuss this with us beforehand.


Your tank has been installed and you’re all set. From start to finish, installing our tanks can be done in just matter of days. Compared to having a contractor take weeks to build a concrete tank that involves lots of heavy equipment, major excavation and onsite installation, that was a breeze!
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