You can’t get fitter than a Tardis Fitter.

Quite often, our clients on site, take delivery of a water or waste tank and then say, now we’ve got to fit it…

Unloading the tools and fittings for another fitting job

Right said Sam…

That’s when we tell them, we’ve an experienced team in place for just that.

For site based plumbing and electricals, we’ve trained, experienced people to provide the service to get you operational.

We realise that not all the items on hire from Tardis are simply plug and play. A single portable shower for example, which needs power supply, water supply and drainage arranging.  Then there’s the initial set up of site welfare cabins and toilet blocks.

A couple of weeks ago, we were out in the pouring rain (what did we say about Tardis fitters, unstoppable)?  A two storey welfare and admin block which required hooking up to water in waste out.

As it was a brand new site, there were probably more Tardis bods than site folk that morning.  Firstly, our crane lorry arrived with the much needed tanks.

The waste tank is buried to improve gravity feed

Waste tank is buried

Shortly after, the Tardis fitters who were briefed by the site personnel as to where everything had to be placed.

The waste tank was buried up to its inspection ports at the rear of the block and the water tank sited just round the other side.

Tardis water tank

The water tank is sited and filled with clean water

While the waste tank was being connected to the cabins, the Tardis H2O on site water tanker arrived and filled the water tank with 5000 litres of clean water for hand washing and toilet flushing purposes.

Clean water delivery by Tardis H2O

Tardis H2O water tanker

Once the waste tank was ready for duty, the Tardis crew set about plumbing in the water tank.

Tardis Pump Protection Box

The all important pump protection box housing an electric on-demand pump

An electric on-demand pump was put into the water line, to provide water pressure to the cabin.  This was put inside one of our now famous pump protection boxes, someone thinking ahead to the chilly days a few weeks away.

These custom-made boxes provide weather proofing protection from wind, rain and of course frosty conditions, they really are a must for site based installations.

So, despite everyone being ankle deep in rust coloured mud, the job was completed in a working day and left ready for occupancy by the site staff.

plumbed in job done by Tardis Fitters

Cabin all plumbed in for waste disposal and clean water supply

A hot toddy and feet soaked in a hot bowl of Radox and the fitters were ready for more of the same.

As they say, you can’t get fitter than a Tardis Fitter…

Back to the Future with Tardis Environmental

Today is the day! In Back to the Future in which Marty McFly travelled to the future to today. With it being 30 years since the film was released, here at Tardis Environmental we decided to look back and see how things have changed.

In the last 30 years there has been many improvements from the international drinking water supply and sanitation decade also known as the first water decade, which took place between the years 1981- 1990. This was due to the worlds needs for basic sanitation services for example drinking water and waste water disposal. Fast forward to today where even here at Tardis Environmental we can supply clean and potable bulk water across the UK. Here is a picture of one of our water tankers. For more information about our bulk water tankers please go to our website by clicking here.

tardis water tanker

As well as drinking water sanitation that has improved throughout the years also, portable toilets have improved drastically over the years. From the first portable toilets being made of wood and metal and they were too heavy to transport as well as not being very hygienic. Then in the early 1970’s when fibre glass was introduced to be used for portable toilets, however due to the material the portable toilets still absorbed odours. In the mid – 1970’s polyethylene portable toilets were introduced they are light weight,durable and still the most common material for portable toilets today. The need for portable toilets is still needed for a variety of reasons from construction sites to events. Here at Tardis Environmental we have a range of portable toilets to suit your needs, click here for more information on our portable toilets.

Tardis portable toilets

What do you think will change in the next 30 years as we are excited to find out and for more information about the services we offer here at Tardis Environmental please go to our website by clicking here or calling 0800 731 0589.

 

 

Water testing, simple isn’t it?

Clean water is something we take very much for granted in our modern daily lives, but if you give it some thought, a lot of effort goes in to supplying water in volume, that is fit to drink.

You only have to take the recent mayhem caused when Cryptosporidium was discovered in the north west’s United Utilities water supply which required people to boil their drinking water.

Water is complicated stuff, it does after all support life. Fish absorb oxygen from their surroundings. Work your way down the microscopic scale and you’ll find a whole spectrum of odd and unusual creatures that live out their lives in water.

Water sampling

Some are harmful to us if consumed, which is why our drinking water is treated to make it fit for purpose. That fitness for purpose is of course only up to the point of delivery, usually your tap.

If not stored correctly, water can easily spoil just like milk or perishable food.

In large quantities, it is not always practical to keep water refrigerated (one method to stall the development of harmful bacteria).

Water bowsers offer the next best storage alternative, especially if they are approved drinking water vessels and employ WRAS fittings are pre-treated prior to filling and securely closed to preserve the integrity of the water inside.

Providing these conditions are followed you can store drinking water safely for 48 hours and then you need to test it for its fitness for purpose (drinking).

Since we launched our sister website, H2O on site water services earlier in the year, we’ve become pretty busy testing and reporting on water quality.

As well as bowsers, drinking water is often stored in larger vessels such as tankers or even pillow tanks.

Our standard test encompasses the following: Bacteria, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hydrogen sulphide, Sulphate, Total hardness, Total alkalinity, Total chlorine, free chlorine, Chloride, copper, iron, exact PH level, exact temperature. Coliforms and E coli. Quite a list isn’t it?

We also check fixtures and fittings for damage or potential contamination. Inlets and outlets of vessels containing water to be tested are sanitised prior to the test being taken to reduce to “negligible” the risk of cross contamination.

Testing is specifically colour based, with the colour of the sample compared to the calibrated test sheets, calibrated we hear you ask?

Water testing sample

Imagine you have a sheet of card which has colours of test variants printed on it. You’ve been using it a long time. You’ve left it out in the sun a few times. The sunlight has bleached the page slightly.

The colours of your test sheet are no longer a fair comparison.

So, rather like everything else in the clever world of quality control, comparison sheets are in turn compared against a master sheet (calibrated to national standards) and certified as a true match to a specific colour result. The sheet is known as a “correct colour chart“.

Coliforms and E coli tests are a little more involved. A strict sampling procedure is followed to prevent accidental contamination. Samples are incubated at a constant (calibrated) 35 degrees for 24 hours before the test is conducted.

Portable water testing lab

If the sample (which was yellow) is green or blue, those yukky little Coliforms are present.

Testing for E coli involves viewing the sample under UV light (again a measured wavelength or approximately 365mm) Zero fluorescence means no E coli, blue fluorescence indicates the little varmints be there.

Water contaminating E coli must be chlorinated using a set procedure and measure of chlorine, then neutralised to make the water safe for emptying into a public drain.

That’s environmental care. Putting harmless but non potable water back into a biological environment where it will eventually be treated at the water works, once again to be safely delivered fit for drinking to taps and outlets.

Vessels which contained the contaminated water, must be treated and flushed to ensure the contamination is neutralised before being used for drinking water purposes again.

For rail welfare servicing call the experts

Here at Tardis Environmental we’re no strangers to railway welfare servicing. A large number of our tanker fleet are fully Crossrail compliant and our reputation in this field already speaks volumes.

When you consider there’s 9788 miles of networked railway in Britain which is pretty high maintenance, with our expertise working in the environment, we are closely involved with railway maintenance companies.

As Europe’s biggest construction project, Crossrail is working towards reducing journey time and easing congestion in London and the South East with the new railway covering 100km stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the West across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

You may have read in previous blog posts that a large part of our vehicle fleet is Crossrail compliant, a necessity when working with the Crossrail project but also many other high profile construction projects where more than a cap is doffed to health and safety issues.

Crossrail vehicles carry signage alerting road users especially cyclists and pedestrians, to approach the inside of the vehicle with extreme care. HGVs have under run barriers and Sidescan equipment which senses proximity on the dangerous nearside of a vehicle in motion and provides the minimum of an audible alert in the cab though Tardis vehicles carry a video camera monitoring system so the driver can clearly see any approaching potential hazard. Vehicles which are not equipped to this high specification standard are not allowed to enter or work on Crossrail sites.

Some of the services were offer to railway maintenance companies include tank empties, portable toilet hire, welfare servicing, waste tank hire, portable shower hire, water bowser hire and water fills.

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The search for happiness, hydration and health

How much drinking water do we need per day? Good question.

Tardis H2o has the answer.

We all know that good hydration is essential for our health and wellbeing, considering that 70% of the human body is made up of water.

We at Tardis H2o on site are often asked how much drinking water a person needs to maintain a healthy demeanor. The answer is dependent on a number of factors. One of the factors is physical build, a person’s physical activity and the weather can make a difference. A hot humid environment for instance would make you lose valuable fluids through perspiration.

We should take note of what our bodies are trying to tell us and the first signs of dehydration can include a dry mouth, lightheadedness and fatigue. In its extremes chronic dehydration can effect body functions such as the kidneys and lead to muscle damaged.

This is why you will often see during large music festivals, events and even raves, people drinking copious quantities of good old H2o. Water really is the best cure.

In situations such as this the worst thing to do would be drink alcohol which would add to the dehydrative effect.

When you are responsible for a gathering where people may be at risk of dehydration there are a number of options open to provide what people need.

Probably the simplest is bottled drinking water because of its self-contained ease of use. For outdoor events you may consider using a specially prepared drinking water bowser. When we say specially prepared we mean that the vessel and the water it contains meet strict guidelines laid out by the Health and Safety Executive and the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Also fittings such as taps and connectors must be WRAS approved (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme).

water tanker at twilight

Drinking Water Station

Storage of drinking water is also strictly regulated and must not exceed 48 hours in a tamperproof vessel without testing for E-coli as a minimum. Tests should also be carried out every 48 hours afterwards to assure that the water is fit for purpose (drinking).

Water testing

Taking into consideration these factors, a rough guide as to how much a person should drink to maintain hydration, 2 litres per day (approximately half a gallon) is the amount advised.

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However one should take into account the physiology of the individual. There are no hard and fast rules, just general advice.

The body has many mechanisms for alerting an individual to its needs; thirst being one of them in this case. Taking into consideration what has been said thus far, you can begin to calculate the amount of wholesome drinking water you will need to keep people happy, healthy and hydrated with an idea of how you will store it too.

Moving to the extreme, Tardis H2o on site have provided a tanker filled with 16,000 litres of drinking water and a special dispensing station in recent weeks though our maximum current capacity is a whopping 32,000 litres, enough to swim in let alone drink.

If you have to provide wholesome drinking water, talk to Tardis H2o on site and get the very best advice and service.

Lancashire drinking water supply

You may have seen in the news the warnings issued by United Utilities about drinking water safety in the north west of England, affecting areas including Blackpool, Preston, Chorley and other surrounding districts, when the bug cryptosporidium was detected in drinking water last week.

Stand pipesThe official advice from the water authorities has been to boil water before drinking which is good advice for any water stored under uncontrolled conditions.

Water testing

Tardis Environmental stepped into the breach with emergency drinking water deliveries, one tanker into Blackpool due as we write.

water tanker at twilight

Our H2O division is ever ready for situations such as this, with supplies of quality assured wholesome drinking water which can be delivered in bowsers (towable and static) or for bulk situations, in tankers like shown in the photos.

Pallet of drinking water

Smaller or domestic requirements can be catered for by the provision of pallets of bottled drinking water available in a range of sizes from 330ml to 1.5 litres.

Where water safety is suspect, we provide water testing services for E coli and Legionella as well as a range of water hygiene services such as welfare cabin testing and cleansing and bowser cleansing all fully documented and to Health & Safety guidelines.

drinking water tanker

Drinking water is something we take very much for granted in this country, until things go wrong. Fortunately, the UK has some of the strictest water regulations you’ll find anywhere and Tardis Environmental has the expertise and resources to step up to the crease when needed.

Contacts: 0800 731 0589 (switches over to emergency cover outside office hours)

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Tardis H2o offers water delivery service

Our ever-expanding fleet of water tanks and water tankers covers almost every water delivery service option available.

Britain will hopefully receive some hot weather this year. And with hot weather, this could also mean a reduced amount of rainfall. Although a hot British summer is great for the rest of us, it’s not ideal for farming, seeding and grassing as the soil will become drier.

That’s where Tardis H2o comes in – bulk water can be supplied for such services as seeding and grassing across the UK.

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

We can supply a bulk water delivery service to be used in seeding and grassing in areas such as the following:

  • Roadsides
  • Waste management sites
  • Golf courses
  • Sports pitches
  • Windfarms
  • Coastal projects
  • Agricultural grass
  • Housing developments

The areas above are not inclusive; there are also other seeding and grassing applications we can service.

Our depots are strategically located to cover areas in the North and South of England. As our water tanker fleet varies in capacities, also complemented by our 4×4 vehicles, we have the ability to deliver to a wide range of location types.

Specification sheets for some of our 2 of the vehicles from our fleet are detailed below.

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 Litre Water Tanker

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 litre rear wheel drive water tanker – ideal in locations such as farm gates, when there is little room to manoeuvre.

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

If you require more information on the water delivery service we provide contact us on the normal phone number or enquire via the Tardis H2o website.

Tardis Environmental can help in more ways than one

With summer on its way there are lots of fun things going on around the UK!

There are a number of things to remember to organise when hosting outdoor events, festivals, a party, sporting events and even weddings. So it helps if you can organise a few things in one place!

Organising an event can be a stressful time. At Tardis Environmental, we offer many useful services that can help with preparing and the smooth running of your event including:

  • Portable toilet hire
  • Portable shower hire
  • Waste tank hire
  • Waste tank emptying
  • Bulk water delivery
  • Water bowsers and water tanks hire
  • Water coolers
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Road sweepers
Portable Toilet Hire

Portable Toilet Hire

We recently took an order to supply 10 waste tanks to the Milton Keynes National Bowl, a Live Nation event taking place in July 2015. The outdoor carnival includes a number of stages with music and performers, fair rides, fireworks and more.

And that’s not all; we are already covering a number of exciting events this summer, which include the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, camping at the Silverstone Grand Prix and delivering 45 waste tanks to Glastonbury.

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Whether hosting a small local event or a larger event take a look at our website to see what Tardis Environmental can offer you.

If you are unsure of what your requirements are or would like a quote, contact our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589 who are always happy to help.

Let us know what you’re getting up to this summer – tweet us at @TardisEnviro or search ‘Tardis Environmental Ltd’ on Facebook.

 

Water for Irrigation

There are many uses of water that we may not consider as often as others. Today’s blog topic is based on water for irrigation. Tardis Environmental offer bulk water that is an ideal irrigation water supply.

With the British summer just around the corner, the weather hopefully warming up and a possible dry season upon us, water will be needed for agriculture, farming and landscaping sectors alike.

Irrigation in particular, is referred to as the artificial application of water to the land or soil. The water solutions we offer allow us to provide water for irrigation services to your site.

With our expanding fleet of tanks and tankers, it makes delivery of bulk water for irrigation a simple task. If you already have a water tank on site, we can fill this for you. Our new 16,000 litre clean water tanker is ideal for anywhere a supply of bulk water is needed including wash downs, soakaway tests and event water. The new tanker is also rear wheel drive making it easier to manoeuvre in more difficult locations.

Bulk Water Delivery ideal Water for Irrigation

Bulk Water Delivery

You can also hire (short term and long term hire both available) a water bowser or water tank from our range of water storage options if you do not already have the facility to hold the water you need. If you were to go for the hire option, we offer a weekly water delivery service to ensure your tank doesn’t run dry.

Thirsty work

The hot weather will leave your workers feeling thirsty. In this instance, Tardis can also supply potable drinking water. Again, there are a number of drinking water services to choose from. Bottled drinking water or a water cooler may be the best option here however.

Bottled Drinking Water

Bottled Drinking Water Variations

Finally, we offer an emergency water supply service – our emergency phone lines are open 24/7 so you can always count on us.

If water for irrigation or potable drinking water is something you require contact our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589.

Alternatively, all of the services we can provide can be viewed at the below web addresses.

http://www.tardishire.co.uk/index.php/home

http://tardish2o.co.uk/home

 

Summers calling – Tardis Hire at the ready!

With summer upon us, this means a busy time of year here at Tardis Hire, with the festivals and events season now well underway.   

Last week you may have read our article on Tardis Hire going to Glastonbury, we recently delivered 45 waste tanks to the site ready for the festival. Whether a small local event or larger festivals across the UK, we’re more than happy to help with events of all sizes.

From portable toilets to bulk bottled water, we’ve got it covered!

There’s more to consider about portable toilets than you might think, and almost a necessity at any outdoor event. It is essential to pick the right toilet for the job. If you are unsure of the right number of portable toilets required at the event, we can work it out in relation to the number of people at who will need facilities at your event. We will even take into account the alcohol that will no doubt be consumed!

Clean Portable Toilets

Portable Toilets

Want to cut the queues at the loos? Portable urinals are also available for the male festivalgoers out there with 4 and 6 bay urinal units, an ideal space and time saving fix at larger events.

For more information on the range of portable toilets we offer, visit our website.

Keeping your customers hydrated is also important, especially in the sun (although unlikely in Britain one might add). Another facility needed for events and festivals is therefore fresh drinking water. So if you have a stall at a festival selling bottled drinking water, we sell the wet stuff by the pallet! No matter the size of your gathering, we have the H2O needed to keep everyone happy and hydrated throughout.

If bulk bottled drinking water doesn’t take your fancy, you might be interested in our new drinking water fill station – also featured in another article a few weeks back.

Water Fill Station

Drinking Water Fill Station

This innovative little invention connects to a water supply in minutes, such as a drinking water bowser or tank that we can also supply. This will allow up to 4 people to fill up bottles or buckets at a time, leaving more time for the more fun stuff.

Any questions or for help planning your event, our friendly booking staff on the hire desk are here for your guidance! Call 0800 731 0589.

Or alternatively, to visit our website click here.