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How to Contain and Capture Water: When Using a Pressure Washer
Water Containment System

Some jobs are more difficult than others. Especially those that require water containment and capture on the job site. The EPA has strict standards regarding the capture and containment of site water, making it more important than ever to have the right equipment.

Luckily, today’s pressure washing business owner has a lot of options to choose from in regards to the equipment they use to capture, contain, reuse or even extract water from a job site. Plus, water containment system equipment can allow you to bid on those environmentally friendly jobs you’ve been unable to land in the past.

Depending on the type of cleaning job you’ll be doing and the chemicals you’ll be using, you’ll need to find a water recovery system that works for you. Available in a variety of water capture and containment options, here are just a few basic styles to choose from:

  • Water containment systems
  • Water recovery systems
  • Clean and capture tools
  • Filtration systems
  • A variety of vacuums
  • Wastewater treatment systems

Clean & Capture Tools
One of the best investments you can make for your pressure washer business when it comes to containing and capturing runoff water is to buy the right clean and capture water containment system.

Self contained units that work in conjunction with your pressure washer are essential if you plan to take on environmentally sensitive jobs. They are reported to recover up to 98% of the water you use with no run-off (or damage) to the environment.

The unit works by connecting up to 200' of 2 inch vacuum hose to a Primary Separation Tank, to hold large debris, after filtering out smaller particles in the vacuum unit itself. The captured waste water can then be discharged, up to 200 ft away through a 1” garden hose into either a storm drain or separate holding tank. By using a unit that provides a one-step process to washing, rinsing and recovering waste water, you can save time and money when working on those “green” jobs.

These water containment systems usually consist of:

  • A surface cleaner
  • A separation tank
  • A vacuum recovery unit
  • At least 600 ft. of hose

Containing Sensitive Wastewater
When working on job sites that require a complete clean-up off all wastewater produced by your pressure washing equipment, consider investing in a vacu-Boom water containment system. Easy to use, it can save you time and money when cleaning up environmentally sensitive chemicals and wastewater.

A highly effective way to contain any type of wastewater, the vacu-boom features a flexible tube that is placed directly on a hard surface to form a downslope side dam or to completely encircle the wash or containment area, the vacu-boom features a C shaped cross section with the open side down with small inlet openings around the edge to contain the water until if can be vacuumed up with a portable recovery unit.

By tightly sealing itself to the surface like a giant suction cup, the vacu-boom creates a barrier to contain the liquid until it can be pumped into a safe holding tank.

Great for containing toxic chemicals or water, the vacu-boom is an economical addition to your water containment system equipment.


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