As environmental awareness increases worldwide, some pressure washing associations have been down to business in developing environmentally sound management practices in recycling waste water. Generally, there are two (2) fundamental forms of waste water recovery systems:
- A system that accumulates, contains and allows the transport of greywater for safe disposal in accordance with the environmental laws
- A closed system which accumulates, contains, recycles and holds the clean waste water for reuse in line with the environmental laws.
To figure out the kind of system that you can apply in your power washing business, think about your industry focus. For example, with kitchen exhaust cleaning, all waste water should be accumulated in a sanitary drain so recycling waste water is not a concern. Fleet washing, flat surface cleaning and other applications where waste water may flow to a storm drain necessitate greywater recovery and disposal. Aside from the chemicals that you would add to the water, you should also give attention to petrochemicals that you can remove during the power washing process.
To help you decide what system to incorporate into your business, it is advisable to conduct site evaluations for your common contract locations. Take into consideration the following questions which will aid you in choosing the appropriate system for your business.
- Is your pressure washing business focused on washing impermeable surfaces?
- Is there any sloped area where greywater will pool or run? If this is the case, you may need a dike to contain greywater.
- Is there a storm drain at low points? Storm drains should be blocked to avoid seepage in any bodies of water.
In most locations, recycling waste water is often done by using the waste water that has been treated for fire suppression, dust control and irrigation. Over the years, various methods in recycling waste water and storm drain blocking schemes have been developed. Sand or water-filled bladders and screw down covers are some of the most common. With relatively low maintenance and investment costs, wash water containment systems are easy to install and simple to use in any occurrence that requires water to be taken out from the job location. But, before you purchase anything, make sure you know what your job site needs.
When shopping for products, make sure to look for one that is easy to use and compatible with your pressure washer. Make sure the product complies with EPA standards. To prevent equipment contamination, separate equipment for recycling waste water may be needed. For best quality and ongoing customer support, buy equipment that you will be using in recycling waste water from a reputable industrial-grade equipment supplier. For safety purposes, make sure to read instruction manuals before you use a product and know your equipment’s limitations. Once you have bought the necessary equipment, see to it that you are using it correctly.
Promoting waste water recovery or recycling in your business is not only sensible, but can also be economically rewarding. Offering a service of this kind can expand your business opportunities for higher paying jobs that are environmentally sensitive.