The discharge of wash water generated from vehicle and fleet washing is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by other state and local authorities. Regulations generally require that all wash water be recovered, contained, and discharged to sanitary sewer drains. Federal, state, and local laws prohibit the discharge of untreated wash water into fresh water storm drains and violations of these laws can lead to substantial fines and penalties for companies failing to comply. Industrial Pressure Works mitigates these risks by providing an environmentally compliant wash service that offers proven solutions to the environmental issues and challenges faced by fleet managers today.
Industrial Pressure Works is committed to Environmental Compliance
Industrial Pressure Works trains its employees to make environmental compliance the first priority. At the start of each wash service, employees are trained to first focus on making sure that personnel and equipment are in place to follow to the 3 steps of water recovery. Industrial Pressure Works employees follow the 3 steps of water recovery to make sure that unlawful discharge of wash water is avoided at all times.
The 3 Steps of Wash Water Recovery
There are 3 steps to wash water recovery:
- Prevent Discharge
- Recovery and Containment
- Proper Treatment and Discharge
In order to prevent the discharge of wash water into fresh water storm drains and other sensitive areas, all drains in the wash area must first be blocked and sealed off using mats to cover the drains or balloons to prevent wash water from entering pipes. Dikes and berms must also be used to guide and channel wastewater to specific areas where it can be recovered.
Recovery and Containment
Once wash water has been gathered and channeled to a specific area, it is ready to be recovered. Using a vacuum system, wash water is pulled up into a vacuum hose at the collection point and transferred into mobile holding tanks so that it can be hauled off site or discharged into an approved sanitary sewer drain.
Proper Treatment and Discharge
Wash water is contained in mobile storage tanks and hauled off site for proper treatment and discharge. Wash water containing heavy metals and solids is filtered and treated before being discharged to approved sanitary storm drains off site.