Burford Tanks will be at Site 419, Southern Field Days, Feb 14-16, 2018 - 7th Nov 2017

Burford Tanks are excited to announce that we will be at Southern Field Days. Our site number is 419. Come down and say hello. The dates are 14th to the 16th February 2018. The Southern Field Days are located at Waimumu, 12 kms from Gore.

Site preparation for installation of concrete tanks - 22nd Jul 2016

Burford can deliver and assist with installation of your concrete tank whether it be for water storage or waste water treatment. Our team will assist your contractor throughout the installation process to ensure optimal site placement and performance.

Review our site preparation information before beginning the installation of your concrete tank.

Water - our lifeblood - 1st Jun 2016

As we have begun to understand the need for sustainable use of water worldwide there has been a renewed interest in collecting rainwater. Collecting rainwater from the roof is the preferred method of water harvesting in rural Southland, where there is reasonable rainfall.

Burford concrete water storage tanks are a popular choice for storing water as concrete tanks keep the water cool, minimizing bacterial growth that can occur in water collected off buildings.

It is very important that roofs, spouting and downpipes are cleaned three to four times a year and it's a good idea to install self cleaning filters on downpipes, provided there is enough fall between spouting and storage tank.

Installing screens over the spouting prevents leaves, birds, rodents, snow and hail from collecting in the spouting. The debris is blown off by the wind, which minimizes the inconvenience of cleaning the spouting.

When downpipes go underground and back into the top of the tank, it is important that the underground pipe can be flushed out to prevent contaminants getting into the tank.

If you have rats or mice in the ceiling, do not use rat poison. It thins their blood and makes them thirsty. They will find the nearest source of water and may die in spouting or the tank. This can cause major gastro and viral illness in people and animals.

It is imperative to ensure water is of the highest quality to enable us to maintain healthy bodies. This concept also applies to animal health.

Animal health tips:

  • Animals, like humans, need water to survive.
  • Animals, like humans, are about 80% water.
  • The two most common pets, cats and dogs, need plenty of fresh water.
  • Cats are very finicky about their water; they like it fresh.
  • The longer the water sits out, the more oxygen it loses.
  • Clean the bowl frequently; bacteria from the air can grow in your pet's bowl.
  • Drinking more water can reduce urinary tract disorders in cats and dogs.

Burford also clean water tanks and can arrange for the tank to be refilled with chlorinated water. This will sterilize the tank and also kill any bacteria in the water pipes in the reticulation system of the home or farm.

Burford concrete tanks won't blow away in high winds when part full and cause unnecessary damage. Concrete tanks can be designed to suit many applications and environments. Inlets and outlets can be specified and installed into the tanks while they are being manufactured to suit your needs.

Septic tanks - dosing systems - 16th May 2016

Burford have developed a dosing septic tank that is suitable for effluent-dosing to soil absoption systems.


The Burford Dosing Septic Tank has a built-in dosing chamber (second septic chamber) equipped with a shallow-draught automatic dosing siphon. The effluent distribution pipe in the infiltration trench or bed must be 500 mm or more lower than the sewer into the septic tank. 
Examples include deep infiltration trenches/beds on level sites and shallow trench systems that are down-slope of the septic tank on hill sites.

The dosing siphon is made of PVC plastic and has no moving parts. It operates automatically, with discharge starting when water in the dosing chamber reaches the 'trip' level, and stopping when discharge has brought the water level down to 160 mm below the trip level (corresponding to a dose volume of approximately 220 litres).

Customised dosing siphons

The 160 mm draw-down is for the standard siphon. Siphons can be adjusted in the factory for draw-downs up to 185 mm, if required, thereby increasing the dose volume by up to 15%.

Paired siphons can be installed in the dosing chamber for automatic alternating dosing to two effluent distribution systems.


The dosing siphon should not require cleaning or maintenance. However, if a blockage should occur, the top of the siphon 'bell' is removable and all parts of the siphon can be cleaned.

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