Glitter and glitz at the Sparkles & Suits WaterAid Ball

WaterAid BallIn the winter edition of the Tardis Times last month, we mentioned we’d be attending the Sparkles & Suits WaterAid Ball on 28th January, hosted by our friends at South Staffs Water.

The event at the Hilton St. George’s Park was an overwhelming success, raising almost £44,000 for WaterAid and beating the previous year’s total of £25,000 and incidentally, the charity Tardis also proudly sponsors.

This significant sum of money will support the three year project in Central Madagascar that will reach over 35,000 people providing safe water and upwards of 8,800 people with improved sanitation and hygiene.

A particular highlight of the evening was our own Chris Boydon winning a signed Wolves shirt in the auction much to his delight as a life long Wolves fan.

Wolves Shirt

More information on WaterAid’s life changing projects around the world is available at www.wateraid.org/uk

 

You’ll believe a toilet can fly

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Amazing flying Tardis

Our portable toilet service stars certainly find themselves in some odd locations when it comes to looking after the portable toilet units we have on hire.

None more unusual one rainy Wednesday over in Birmingham recently when we visited a construction site to conduct the weekly service.

“Where’s the second  toilet”? enquired Gary, the Tardis service driver.

Look up came the reply as the Tardis toilet descended from the top floor of the office block under construction and gently alighted by our side.

It’s a couple of months to April fools day, but we kid you not. This Tardis toilet really does fly and it doesn’t need jet propulsion.

People working on this construction project need access to toilet facilities all those floors up, so the solution is a special frame for the toilet and a very cooperative crane driver to hoist it down to ground level for cleaning.

As we said, it was a filthy day weather wise, but we did manage to capture the toilet going up in the world, being returned to its resting place up there in the clouds. See the video.

 

 

If you need a portable toilet or shower for your New Year’s party, book it now

If you’re planning a bash to see in 2017, depending on the location you may want to think about the facilities, especially when your guests are knocking back the Tizer like it’s going out of fashion.

When we’re quoting our events clients who are expecting hundreds or even thousands of visitors to their event, we always ask if there will be alcohol served as this increases demand on toilet facilities.

Tardis portable toilet hireSo, even if your New year party is just twenty or thirty people, imagine the number of people all wanting to use the loo after a few sherbets.

There’s still time to arrange a portable toilet for an event at home or on a larger scale.

We’ll discuss you needs, make our recommendations and then you can relax in the knowledge that you’ve catered the perfect party. One where there’s no loo queue.

If you’re organising say a rugger event where the lads outnumber the lasses, we’ve urinal units. Our 6 bay even comes in its own little tent.

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6 Bay Portable Urinal Unit

The Tardis crew will be operating nationwide at normal capacity until 5 o’clock on Friday 23rd of December, when it’ll be time to put on the glad rags and party with the rest of you.

Of course, we still have the emergency cover, but for things like toilet hire, we do suggest you arrange your delivery well in advance so everything is in place and all you have to do is PARTY HARD.

One of our hire desk girls was curious when talking to a Scots client.

“Is anything worn under the kilt” she enquired.

“Nay, it’s all in working order” came the reply.

So now you know

Call us free on 0800 731 0589

Finally, wherever you are, have a wonderful new year and here’s to a fantastic 2017.

From all of us at Tardis Environmental and H2O on site.

 

Holiday closure 2016

As you’ll no doubt be aware, Tardis Environmental is a 365 day operation, but we do close the offices at Christmas.

We will as always, provide emergency cover, with our 0800 number automatically connecting to the emergency contacts.

We certainly hope your Christmas and new year are disaster free, but be safe in the knowledge that we’ll be on hand if you need us during the holiday closure.

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Winter preventive maintenance

 Winter preventive maintenance  an ounce of prevention…

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Who’s had to scrape the frost off their vehicles more than once this week?

December 1st marks the first day of the meteorological winter.

We thought it timely to remind those of you with water storage on site that’s aided by on demand pumps that it’s time to do some winter preventive maintenance to save inconvenience and damage to the pump.

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Typical on demand electric pump

If the temperature falls to 1 Celsius or below, you should take the pump out of service. Remove it from the water supply line, drain it and store it in a warm environment (indoors) until the temperature rises again.

When it comes to water pipework, we recommend lagging to minimise the chances of pipework freezing up. The pipework we use on site is 25mm dia and so 27-19mm lagging is ideal for the purpose.

Pipework will begin to freeze at around -2 degrees c. Pumps as mentioned earlier can be boxed in, but make sure the box has some ventilation.

Lagging should be applied to the whole pipework route, from the exit point of the bowser past the pump and into the cabin or appliance.

Bowsers themselves will rarely freeze to the point of being rendered useless due to the large body of water inside them.

Don’t be tempted to add anything to the water. You risk not only diminishing the quality of the water in your system and damaging the pipework and pump.

We publish a number of guides on maintaining and priming on demand pumps and the links are below. These can be downloaded in PDF.

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Click any thumbnail to download or view the relevant pdf

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Tardis raises money for BBC Children in Need

On Friday 18th November, Tardis HQ held the annual Great Tardis Bake Off, and this year all office staff came to work in our onesies too. Our efforts were in aid of a very worthy cause, BBC Children in Need.

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The official Children in Need group shot 2016

Nikki in her onesie

Hire Desk Manager Nikki modelling her new onesie

Natasha in her onesie

Natasha shows her tail end

Shannon the bear

Shannon the bear, Pudseys pal

There were cakes and baked treats a plenty, although we didn’t get a photo before people tucked in. Here’s a couple of highlights.

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Stacey’s red velvet cupcakes went down well

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Another favourite, chocolate orange cupcakes

Together, the Tardis team raised £94.85 towards the Children in Need fundraising appeal.

We’re always looking to do our bit for charity, next up, Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children on Friday 16th December.

 

Halloween and something strange is a happening at Tardis Environmental

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As the clouds parted and a full moon shone over Tardis HQ, odd things began to stir.

On the hire desk, in accounts and out in the depot yards, normally placid and gentle folk started to garner a taste for other people’s brains. Flesh began to creep, and an odd green pallor overcame tanker captains and hire desk operators alike.

All found themselves struck with hunger, a hunger a Snickers bar or a pot noodle would no longer satisfy.

As tortured souls in the transport department tapped away at computer keyboards with gnarled withered fingers that occasionally snapped off, the PDAs were loaded with the day’s routes and a worried public cried “they know where we live”.

As tanker wheels rolled, now ravenous zombie hordes made a bee line for the shires and as they drove, the hunger burned inside.

werewolfyNo one will be spared on all hallows eve

Septic and welfare tanks would be emptied and afterwards (once the job was signed for) there’d be feasting aplenty.  A juicy kidney for an entrée, a nice bit of neck fillet followed by a good gnaw on a thigh bone on the journey back to the depot.

So, for everyone in the mortal world who’s booked a tank or toilet empty today, a water fill or has a road sweeper job scheduled. Take a look at the little video we put together and try not to have nightmares.

Happy Halloween from all the ghoulish good folk at Tardis.

Better than an Oscar

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A big envelope arrived in the post this week and when we opened it, we were cock a hoop.

A couple of months ago, we put out a Tardis portable toilet on loan to one of our clients at a site where a special house conversion was being carried out for a children’s charity. That’s all we knew at the time, but we were happy to help.

We learned that the conversion was being featured in BBC’s DIY SOS TV programme as yet to be aired and the project is a “home from home” for children with cancer.

The organising charity is the quite well known Harry Moseley Help Harry Help Others and as you see from the pictures, the team had quite a job on their hands with the renovation project but as you can also see left a little palace behind them.img_1746

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And with a lot of hard work…

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The Cassidy Family from Stetchford in Birmingham now have a beautifully decorated and restored property to care for three year old Emily who has been undergoing treatment for cancer in the USA.

So, what was in the envelope.  As well as the letter of thanks, pictures from the project, a magnificently swish participant’s award with our name on.

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Better than an Oscar

We’re so proud of it, we’ll be putting it on proud display in the reception of Tardis HQ in Brownhills.

We’re not aware of the transmission date yet, but when we do get wind, we’ll post it on our social media feeds Twitter, Facebook etc.

Tardis would like to thank Help Harry Help Others, Georgie’s Respite Renovations Team and Colmore Tang. Our pleasure having been a partner on your project.

Autumn “leaves” little to the imagination

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Did we imagine that, just there out the corner of our eye, was that really a leaf falling from the trees already.  What happened to summer ?

Indeed, it was. The September song has begun, we’ll soon be wading through autumn’s golden gown unless there’s a Tardis road sweeper on the scene that is.

OK, so enough with the golden gown stuff…   Autumn leaves can and do cause problems especially when they get wet and start to decompose, making a gooey mulch that can be dangerously slippery on roads and paths and does a good job of blocking drains.

Luckily, our stalwart road sweeper fleet can take care of all kinds of debris that needs cleaning away. Leaves, mud litter.

We also have sweepers with a gully arm which can take care of blocked drains and manholes .

We sweep car parks, construction sites, quarry roads and entrances and of course streets and avenues where those pesky autumn leaves just keep piling up.

If you’re in need of a sweeper, then just call one free number nationwide, chat with us detailing your need and where you want us to appear and leave the rest to us.

Here’s a strictly autumnal little film showing one of our machines cleaning up, but of course we’re a 365 days a year operation in all aspects of our work.

One free number nationwide:  0800 731 0589

 

 

In any event or festival, it’s nice to be noticed

Your event or festival well covered by Tardis

It’s been a busy summer with an event or festival occuring almost weekly and plenty yet to come. We’re covering a large carnival in Leicestershire weekend of the 5th and a week or so ago, we were up north at an 80s festival which suited our tanker captain down to the ground because that’s his favourite music.

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Servicing the facilities at the 80s fest

For us this was a toilet and service event which went smoothly.

If we’re lucky (and we Brits are eternal optimists), we’ve another couple of months of summer weather left to make the festival season really special.

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80s fest showing regular and disabled toilet facilities

We were delighted to receive this letter in the post a few days later

In any event or festival, it's nice to be noticed

A welcome letter of appreciation from the festival organisers