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).

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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.

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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.

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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)

www.tardishire.co.uk

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.

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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.

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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

 

Dust suppression bowser – new video!

We’ve recently shot some new video footage of our dust suppression bowser in action before it went out on hire.

The video below, features a dust suppression bowser being towed around our Walsall site. The bowsers are fabricated by Tardis and are available for both hire and sale.

Dust suppression bowser stats:

  • 4 metres long, 2 metres wide, 1.8 metres high
  • 2,000 litre / 500 gallon capacity

Dust suppression bowsers are commonly used in the construction or agricultural industry, on construction sites, renovation sites, demolition sites and quarries as an ideal choice to combat dust particles in the air. It works by damping down the particles, particularly important with summer approaching and possible dry weather.

Not only is dust hanging around in the air irritating, it can also be viewed as a risk to health. High levels of dust on construction sites has been identified by the Health and Safety Executive as a possible cause of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease of the lungs). This is because small dust particles remain in the air longer and if inhaled, can cause damage if they become lodged deeper into the lungs. By keeping dust to a minimum, you could be protecting your workforce and helping to keep them healthy.

Having a dust suppression bowser will help also help eliminate some of the dirt and dust from being trailed around other areas of the site, reducing the risk of contamination.

The bowser can be seen mounted on a trailer with land rover style wheels, allowing for easy transportation, even on rough terrain. The bowser is also fitted with a mounted petrol water pump.

For more information on a cost effective solution for dust control on your site, as well as the other water bowsers we offer, contact our friendly Tardis hire team today on 0800 731 0589.

Who’s going to Glastonbury ? Tardis is !

Waste tanks for Glastonbury 

It’s a logistical nightmare to prepare a well organised festival for 175,000+ revelers, caterers and musicians alike.

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Glastonbury rain dancer

We’ve been there before, got the T shirt and we’re there again this year.

A total of 45 waste tanks 600 gallon capacity some of which you can see being delivered by big yellow and green Tardis lorry.

Tardis delivers to Glastonbury 2015

Waste tanks for Glastonbury

The festival’s come a long way since 1970 when 1,500 people paid a pound a head to see T Rex. Now, it’s part of the nation’s summer events calendar.

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Another load delivered

Here’s some facts and figures from 2014.

5,000 loos on site

700 metres of male urinals

£ 210.00 the cost of a standard ticket (a bit more than seeing T Rex).

3 million litres of water will be consumed and that’s just from the taps provided. Bottled water will make the figure double.

1,300 recycling volunteers cleaning up the mess.

400 cows who live on the site normally are moved out of harm’s way for the festival duration

You’re not allowed to wee in the bushes. The organisers have patrolling officers looking for offenders.

Of course, this is where Tardis Hire and our waste tanks come in.

H2O On Site goes boldly…

We’ve a lovely new website to promote the bulk and quality assured drinking water side of our operation. www.tardish20.co.uk

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The site is broken down into three main sections:

Water Supplies           Emergency water supplies           Water quality assurance

In the bulk water supplies section, there’s an overview of our growing tanker fleet, beginning with our towable bowsers which can deliver to difficult to access locations using our Land Rovers. Towable bowsers have capacities of 1 and 2 thousand litres apiece. Our rear wheel steer tanker is also adept at getting in to hard to access places, but that’s got a slightly larger payload of 16,000 litres, clean or potable.

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We have 16,000 litre stainless tanks which can be used to deliver or can be hired as a bulk on demand water supply, left on site and refilled as and when needed.

H2O on site 16k tanks

On this page of the site, you can navigate your way through our commonest water bowsers. The blue colour denotes they can be used for drinking water. We supply these on short or long term hire to construction sites and event locations.

H2O on site drinking water bowsers

Bet you didn’t know we did water coolers for short or long term hire.

Two snazzy little numbers which can deliver chilled and hot water on demand. All you need is a 240 volt plug socket and make a choice between the standard model or the natty little desk top number.

h2O on site coolers

These fit nicely into office and site cabins and are a boon when temperatures rise and people get thirsty.

Also on this page, there’s a link to common spec sheets for the vehicles and equipment we send out to site. They are invaluable to help clients establish that equipment is the correct specification for their needs or in the case of vehicles, dimensions don’t exceed the access location.

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Our Emergency Water page summarises how 365 days a year, we have service available.

Where water supplies are cut, our trusty Land Rover revs into action bringing the towable bowser in its wake. Alternatively, we can provide pallets of bottled drinking water.

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H2O On site Land Rover and bowser

We’ve a separate page for bottled water giving the bottle sizes and pallet capacities that can be purchased.

We provide bottled water a plenty during the summer months especially, to the burgeoning event and festival market. Bottled water offers convenience over a single source of supply, where large numbers of people can be provided for in a short period of time.

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Our Water Testing Services page provides an overview to our latest range of invaluable water hygiene services

If you are providing bulk water for people to drink, then you are responsible for its fitness for purpose.

Briefly, once you have taken delivery of potable water, transferred from our specially prepared tankers or bowsers, it’s drinkability for want of a better word is your responsibility.

DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate guidelines state that you can only store water for human consumption for 48 hours (secured from contamination).

H2O on site lab

You then must test for the presence of E coli and again every 48 hours.

This is a service we supply, along with testing for the presence of Legionella.

H2O on site water test

We provide mobile on site testing and where necessary, use UKAS accredited laboratories who provide further test information, all fully documented.

Water Quality Information and Drinking Water Quality tabs on this page provide plenty of information about the guidelines you and we both should comply with where drinking water is concerned.

Contact by telephone is the familiar free number you dial for Tardis Environmental

0800 731 0589

E mail contact is H2oOnsite@tardishire.co.uk

Any bold blue words provide relevant links to the H2O on site website.

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.

Tardis H2O on site

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.

 

Tardis H2O on site

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.

Tardis H2O on site Trans Send unit

 

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.

Tardis H2O Tanker on site

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.

Tardis H2O on site

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

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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6 Brand New Water Tanks

6 New Water Tanks Have Landed

10,000 Water Tanks

We have just taken delivery of 6 brand new 10,000 litre water tanks. These 10,000 litre tanks are now having the Tardis stickers placed on them and will then have a 3” bauer refill connector. The 3” bauer connector will mean our drivers will be able to refill the tanks quickly, thanks to the easy to reach refill connection point on the tank.

Did you know that you could also hire a WRAS approved water tank from us as well. WRAS approved tanks can be used to house drinking water. When connecting a WRAS approved tank, make sure you use a WRAS approved fitter. Our Tardis fitters are WRAS approved and only use WRAS approved connections for WRAS water tanks. If you don’t use WRAS approved products to connect the water tank then the water tank is no longer WRAS approved and no longer safe for to use as a drinking water tank. All our Tardis driver and fitters are trained and accredited in EUSR Water Hygiene.

If you would like more information on our Tardis Fitter service or would like to book a WRAS approved water tank then give our friendly hire desk team a call today on Free Phone 0800 731 0589.

WRAS Approved Water Tanks and Bowsers

WRAS Approved Water Bowsers

Did you know that Tardis Environmental have WRAS approved products?

So what does WRAS approved mean

WRAS means The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme and for a product to be WRAS approved it demonstrates that the item complies with the high standards that the water regulations promulgated back in 1999 for the United Kingdom. So you now know that our WRAS approved water bowsers and water tanks come at a high standard.

 What does WRAS cover?

WRAS covers all plumbing systems, water fittings, water bowsers, water tanks and any equipment that is going to supply water from the public water supply.

Water Bowser

Is it a illegal requirement to have WRAS products?

No it is not illegal to install a product that is not WRAS, but you may need to have proof or prove the compliance in other ways. No WRAS approved products are mainly used in areas where human health could not be compromised. We can provided WRAS approved piping and fitting along with our highly trained Tardis plumber.

How can you tell if its WRAS Approved?

On all WRAS approved there should be a WRAS approval number this is a way of proving that the product is WRAS approved. But even if for say the water bowser is WRAS approved if it was installed or operated incorrectly then this might breach the water regulations 1999. Don’t worry we have a Tardis Plumber who knows all about WRAS installation and operation.

WRAS Water Bowser

If you need more information on our WRAS approved water bowserand water tanks then give our hire desk team a call today on – 0800 731 0589 or send us an E-mail: info@tardishire.co.uk Website: www.tardishire.co.uk