On the road with Tardis H2O on site

Hard hat, hi viz, toecaps and a factory fresh Yorkie

Occasionally, very occasionally, we Tardis web monkeys are unshackled from our computer work stations and sent out on a mission.

Tardis H2O on site

Accoutred in hi viz, toecaps hard hat and clutching a factory fresh Yorkie bar, I climbed up into an H2O on site tanker at a quarter to six in the morning to ride shotgun with one of our stalwart delivery drivers to observe the Tardis H2O on site water delivery operation from the business end.

First stop, a school under construction over in Coventry. 2000 litres of clean water to refill a bowser that supplies washroom and toilets to the temporary school blocks.

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We were out in the 26 tonne 16,000 litre capacity rear wheel steer tanker. Hygiene routines are undertaken, even though this was non drinking water, fittings are sprayed with a disinfectant before use both at tanker and delivery end.

Tardis H2O on siteDonkey engine engaged and the bowser was filled to capacity. Hose and fittings stowed after use, and hi tech Trans Send unit e signed by the client, off we went to our next call, a new building site out in the Warwickshire countryside.

This time a smaller bowser to be filled. Very busy site trucks on and off and diggers working away. Hard hats and hi viz essential here.

 

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Then it was off to a large construction project over by Birmingham airport, a new facility being built to store Jaguars and Land Rovers across many acres. Planes taking off right next to the site, we could have easily shouted hello to the pilots as they passed overhead.

Tardis H2O on site The road in and out of this site being so busy with construction traffic, there were guys controlling the flow with radio handsets. Another large toilet block bowser filled here. Comment from tanker driver Steve that Trans Send hadn’t given much consideration to lads with big fingers when it comes to the button pushing on the hand held devices. This met with nods of agreement from the engineer who signed the job off.

As each delivery is completed and the client signs, the successful mission is confirmed back at HQ using mobile phone technology. Also, new instructions and route changes can be sent to the device keeping things ship shape.

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Off we went to another construction site and another bowser in need of an H2O fix. This site was way out in the country with green fields all around.

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Time to obey the digital tachograph and take a break. Sandwich for me, Eccles cake for Steve.  Then it was off down the M40 and a change of scenery deeper into the countryside located close to an old quarry near Hartlebury and a lone Tardis Hire bowser stood in a large field.

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As we pumped 9000 litres into the bowser, we could only speculate as to what this water might be used for. Very thirsty sheep was my suggestion, though not a baa lamb in sight. More likely a building project about to get underway. It was a very peaceful delivery out there with the birds singing.

This was our last scheduled delivery for the day and the tanker was pretty much depleted of its payload. We set course for home and refill the tanker with more clean water for the next day’s deliveries.

Construction doesn’t half use a lot of water, which Tardis H2O on site meets pretty seamlessly. Our route delivered approaching 16,000 litres but with a range of tankers up to 30,000 litres Tardis can cater for just about anyone’s water requirement.

Our deliveries that day were clean water non-drinking, but now Tardis H2O on site is equipped for quality assured drinking water deliveries too. We’ll be crowing about that very soon as our H2O on site website goes live.

Thanks to tanker driver Steve for being so helpful and answering a zillion questions.

Coming soon – this link will take you to Tardis H2O on site
www.tardish2o.co.uk

Live chat with Tardis.

Website chat is now live

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Live chat window, simple to use

 

If you toddle over to our website you will now find that during normal office hours, there’s a “Chat with us” tab at the bottom of each page of our site.

This is a new feature where if you click the tab, a window will open (like the picture above) where you can enter your name, type in a question and you’ll receive a live response and as long as your question is related to our sphere of activity we’ll happily provide a reply.

So, questions like Who scored the most goals for Manchester United in the season for 1971 ? will just leave Natasha at the other end baffled and unable to answer.

Of course, if you have a question about any of our services or products, she’ll spring into action and provide the information you need or at least put you in touch with someone who can provide the answers you seek.

If you click on the tab outside business hours, you will have the opportunity to leave a written message and as soon as we return, this too will be dealt with promptly.

Whilst Tardis Environmental is a 24 hours a day operation. Live chat is available from around 8:45 until 5pm Monday to Friday. www.tardishire.co.uk

 

Tardis recruitment opportunities

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We continue our recruitment around the country at our various depots.

The majority of the positions we have are for drivers, HGV 1 class II 7.5 tonne service and delivery drivers.

To find out the positions available nearest to your location, click the link: http://www.tardishire.co.uk/index.php/contact_tardis/25 to go directly to our website recruitment page. If there is a post that interests and suits your experience, give your cv a polish and e mail it to our HR department HR@tardishire.co.uk

We’re an established and fast growing environmental company, so our recruitment programme is ever changing. Other positions in operations, sales etc will be posted through the year, so check back for latest opportunities.

We will of course post news on this platform as well as our Twitter page @TardisEnviro and our Facebook page.

 

 

Water water everywhere – Tardis Flood Response

The jet stream’s running at over 200 miles per hour and decided to dump on poor old Scotland.

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Wind gusting up to 113 mph has brought down trees, closed virtually the entire transport system of the country and brought about localised flooding.

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SEPA the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has at the time of writing, issued 14 flood alerts and 10 flood warnings.

Tardis Environmental are already on the case dealing with call outs.

We operate an emergency flood response service with our 24/7 fast response service.

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Tell us where and the extent of your problem and well assess the situation and respond accordingly.

Weather reports indicate that the winds will die down a little during today, but are set to return overnight and into Saturday.

Areas south of the border including northern England are preparing for the second wave of storms.

In addition to our flood response page, here are some useful links for information you may find useful if you are affected.

http://www.tardishire.co.uk/index.php/water_bowsers/23

http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30726678

Tardis says it’s CHRISTMAAAASSSS !

It’s accepted we all like a good rest at Christmas and a mince pie or two, but gremlins never rest and someone has to be on call to deal with them.

Although the Tardis crew will be putting up their Christmas stockings hoping for everything they deserve, the operation is a 365 day a year affair and we will be available for emergency call out.

 

The same number as usual and the same level of service applies.

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We really hope you won’t need us, but we’ll be there if you do.

Thanks for being with us through 2014 and for following our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

We really enjoyed your pictures of Tardis toilets and tankers you spotted out on location, even on the telly. Keep sending them in and we’ll keep featuring them. For meritorious contributions, we have been know to post out some Tardis goodies as reward, so just keep that in mind.

We plan to continue running humorous features and expanding our instructional videos like our recent Crossrail compliant video, which was very well received.

And of course, when the occasion rises, we’ll be dressing up rather like we did in our onesies for Children in need and our wooly pullies for Save the Children.

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Not all toilets are created equal

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At this time of year, everyone’s thoughts turn to parties and merriment.

We here at Tardis have found that big parties are often organised with no prior thought to shall we say “washroom requirements” leading to the ubiquitous loo queue and whilst people are in line waiting to spend a penny, they aren’t at the party having fun.

With that in mind, here’s the Tardis guide on how to relieve (literally) that problem at large gatherings.

Recommended for parties, weddings and the likes, have the hot wash or event toilet. Which as you might expect, does need a mains supply for the hot water. Elsewise, all the other functions are self-contained. The HSE compliant model even has a mirror so you can ensure you look your best when you exit.

All the necessities are provided, paper towels, liquid soap and silky soft tissue, you know what for…

We have a larger model for those with mobility issues, large enough to cater for a wheelchair and carer.

To cater for events where lads might outnumber lasses (stag nights, Rugby events) etc, we have urinals, 4 or 6 bay and we have also have demand for our ladies restroom (rose petals and attending cherubim an optional extra).

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Believe it or not, there’s a Tardis shower unit which does need power and mains water to keep it operational.

We find that most events can be amply catered for with these variants, but we will often be asked to crank things up a notch.

This is when our trailer based multiple bay luxury toilets come into play, for a touch of posh. Maybe a little large for your back garden, but perfect for post divot stamping at the polo match.

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These units are finished to an exceptionally high standard and are often provided with attending personnel, a professional finishing touch.

Whatever the size of the party you’re catering for, even the hire of one portable unit can take the strain off your home facilities and keep your guests happy.

You can book your toilets and get an amazing amount of good advice from the experienced and friendly hire desk team. It’s one number nationwide

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There are several factors to be considered because contrary to popular myth, our toilets don’t just materialise despite their nickname.

We deliver using medium sized commercial vehicles, often with a tail lift and the units are then jostled into place by our rugged muscular drivers.

Please do consider where you want to site your toilet unit, no lifting over walls, please, these things are heavy. Remember, they contain water and chemicals. In certain circumstances, a crane can be hired at extra cost.

Consider the access for our vehicle, will your path or driveway be wide enough? See the spec sheets for the vehicles we use and your questions will be answered.

We try to help you consider every possible snag with our spec sheets and for your convenience, the thumbnails below will open PDFs where dimensions, weights and the likes are given for each unit and vehicle.

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The information provided in these sheets and by our hire desk team take the mines out of the minefield. All you have to do, is arrange the time and date of delivery and collection and arrange to be there, we’ll do the rest.

As for calculating your number of people to units required ratio, we can advise on that and of course if the hire period is longer than a day or two, we will advise on your servicing periods to replenish the water and chemical solutions.

Now there’s been some noise made on social media on the fact our units are bigger on the inside. Unfortunately, we are unable to comment, you’ll just have to find out for yourselves.

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Onesie day at Tardis for Children in Need

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Staff at Tardis Environmental came to work in their onesies in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

We set our target at a hundred pounds, exceeding that by a further £ 150 by 3pm. Then after our little photo session in the yard with our new tankers, our customers and suppliers saw us online and after picking themselves up off the floor, made pledges of further support.

Thank you everyone who chipped in and who made a sight of themselves in their onesies.

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Stuart in his “all year round” onesie

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Tardis and the Crossrail project

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Crossrail, the largest engineering project in Europe and Tardis has been part of it.

In a nutshell, Crossrail is 73 miles of railway set to serve London and the south east, improving journey times and connecting with many existing lines.

As a supplier of goods and services to the project, Tardis Environmental have invested heavily in our fleet to make them “Crossrail compliant”. This includes the provision of safety equipment that is additional to the level we already send our vehicles to work carrying.

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Fresnel lenses for example, smaller but similar to those found in lighthouses in this instance they are used to bend light allowing a driver to see personnel or cyclists approaching on the inside blind spot.

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Side scan detection is now standard Crossrail  equipment, designed to detect cyclists or pedestrians in close proximity to the nearside.

In practice, audible tones or warnings exterior to the vehicle are triggered when the left hand indicator is activated and should there be a person detected in the field of the scan, the driver inside the cab is alerted by audible tone also.

Some side scan systems have the added safety of exterior cameras greatly reducing the chance of a mishap.

In addition, warning livery is added to the vehicle as are under run bars down each side.

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Woe betide any contractor who fails to meet the high standards lain down by Crossrail. Exclusion from all sites and fines meted out often being the penalty.

Safety is in everyone’s interest. Our spec sheets detail our Crossrail compliant vehicles which of course can be used elsewhere, where stringent safety is practised.

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Septic Tank Emptying – Tardis goes through the motions

This is an operation best carried out than talked about, but we thought you might like to learn a little more about what goes on where angels fear to tread yet Tardis operatives work their magic every day.

Even in 2014, there are still a lot of homes and commercial premises which do not have mains sewage and waste disposal.

This everyday activity has to go somewhere and more likely than not, the property will be connected to a septic tank or cess pit.

You may wonder what the difference is. Well, they both hold waste water and the unmentionable stuff, but the main difference is a cess pit or pool has no access hatch and is normally sited above ground.

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A septic tank is installed underground and for various reasons such as hygiene and durability is made from plastic, which of course won’t rust or decompose.

Lurking away in the subterranean darkness, your storage has three distinct layers.

The top layer is known as crud and will not decompose naturally. It floats on top of the waste water and is a very good reason to have a tank emptied at least once a year even if it is a low use facility.

The waste water layer comes below that and can exit through a T shaped outlet to a drain field or soakaway which filters through to the naturally occurring ground water level or water table.

The third layer is the part we’ll be less descriptive about just use your imagination.

A lot goes on in your septic tank once you’ve flushed goodbye…

Bacterial action breaks down solids into a mush. The planet as a whole is dependent on these little fellows, the circle of life and all that.

Because it’s advisable to maintain the levels of bacteria working away in your waste facility, use biocides like domestic bleaches, antibacterial soaps and washing up liquids by all means to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean and healthy, but be mindful of the fact their antibacterial action will still be working once you’ve flushed it away.

As we said earlier, a low usage facility say in a domestic property will benefit from being emptied at least once a year.

Higher usage facilities such as businesses, schools, sport facilities obviously have a higher traffic flow of people disposing of washing water, showering and spending a penny and so, maintenance required will be more frequent.

 Booking a Tardis service.  0800 731 0589 a free number to call nationwide.

You’ll find yourself speaking to one of our friendly knowledgeable team, trained to advise on a host of environmental services.

Provide us with some basic information such as how far the access to the tank is from road or driveway, the approximate size of your tank and we’ll arrange for one of our shiny yellow and green Tardis tankers to arrive on a scheduled day and leave you with a nicely serviced and emptied tank.

It’s important we establish your needs before the day, so we send you the right sized vehicle. Please tell us about any obstructions between the arrival point and the tank access. For example, we need to know if there is an incline, because this can alter the efficiency of the disposal rate.

Is the hatch or access to the tank straightforward ? not locked or obscured by shrubbery or brambles for example. If we know all this in advance, the operation is sure to go with military precision.

Vacuum Tanker

We use a combination of vacuum and jet vac tankers, which range from 1500 gallon capacity to a 6000 gallon vehicle to meet the smallest to largest disposal needs.

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For your peace of mind, we’re a fully licensed waste carrier and our drivers are trained in all aspects of the job including correct Health & Safety procedures.

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For further information on this service, just one of many available from Tardis Environmental, click this link to download a PDF 1376924648 (1)

Alternatively, our website is bursting at the seams with useful and expertly compiled information here: www.tardishire.co.uk

Remember – You only need one number for first class service and a job well done 0800 731 0589

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Tanks for Glastonbury

23 waste tanks supplied to Glastonbury Festival

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This year we have been asked again to supply Glastonbury Festival 23 waste tanks

Because we fabricate our own tanks from 4mm steel and have our own fabricator. This will enable us to fabricate any size or any shape waste tank you will need for your site or festival.

Why go steel over plastic for your waste tank

The benefits of a steel waste tank is that a steel tank is highly durable, can be moved around site without causing much damage to the tank, will still operate in cold or hot weather without cracking and most importantly you can stack your welfare or cabin unit on top of the tank, which will create space at your festival or construction site.

Have a waste tank to suit your site needs

As we fabricate our own tanks, we can fabricate a tank to suit your needs. We came create any shape and size tank with lots of additional features than your standard waste tank.

Tank features

  •  Viewing Eye
  • Submersible pump
  • High level alarm
  • Inspection hatch
  • Stopper Valve

If you need more info on our waste tanks call today on 0800 731 0589