Waste and wash water capture and disposal

Remote or Immediate Waste Water Capture

Capturing our used and contaminated pressure washing waste water can be done immediately or remotely during the cleaning process.  One method of immediate capture and two of remote capture.

In the immediate capture method we use a vacuum modified surface cleaner to catch the water instantaneously after it impacts the surface we are cleaning.  The water hits the surface inside of a skirt and is immediately pulled into the hoses and up to the various tanks for separation, storage, and transport to a suitable treatment facility.

When we capture remotely we can use two different methods to catch the waste water:

The first and more challenging method we use is an adjustable length vacuum actuated neoprene boom that sucks down the to ground creating a barrier of any shape we choose.  It can be a circle or a half circle or it can contour around obstacles.  It can range from 8’ long to upwards of 40’-80’ long.  This method is particularly helpful on a hill or a slope, or when protecting long drain vents such as those along a fuel station refueling pad.

The second remote method is the storm drain vacuum insert which is most common and easiest is a prefabbed metal insert that fits into place inside a storm drain.  It acts like a cup catching the water and we simply insert our hose into it and suck the water up as it falls into the basin.

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  1. Hiring a contractor who has the ability to reclaim used wash water is the best way to avoid costly fines from governmental authorities tasked with enforcing the Clean Water Act.

  2. Waste water reclamation allows the use of hot water which is a far superior method in most cleaning situations.

  3. Unless the project you want your contractor to perform is giant, the cost of reclamation pressure washing is less than the vacuum truck fees incurred when a local inspector requires that a storm drain basin be cleaned out.

  4. Although more expensive to employ, reclamation pressure washing ensures that the used wash water which is usually unpleasant to smell or even to look at, is not discharged to a place where the wildlife present are biologically unequipped to deal with it and remain healthy.

  5. In a developed where the used wash water will run to a storm drain, regardless of the dirt or contaminants you want your contractor to clean up, waste water capture is the only option if you don’t want your waste discharged directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, or the Puget Sound.