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.

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)

www.tardishire.co.uk

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.

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.

job done

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

H2O on site wave

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.

 H20 on site towable bowser  H2o on site  tanker

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.

H2O on site landy

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.

H2O bottled water

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.

Water Hygiene Specialist joins the Tardis team

Water hygiene

John Lewis, Water Hygienist – Tardis Environmental

 John Lewis Tardis Environmental’s Water Hygiene Specialist

John’s background in water hygiene spans more than 25 years in the fields of industrial and commercial water treatment conducting testing for large companies such as Cadburys, Jaguar Cars, Tesco, Morrisons and local authorities. He also spent several years with Severn Trent Laboratories.

Tardis H2o

Tardis Environmental H2o

John recently joined Tardis Environmental to spearhead the rollout of our new H2O drinking water services program providing both on-site and laboratory based testing for drinking water safety.

On site service, in – lab results

When you’re dealing with people’s health and hygiene, you need to be sure of your water quality.

Tardis Environmental have been in the bulk water business for almost twenty years so we know a thing or two about water.

These days, assuring the fitness for purpose of your drinking water and the cleanliness of your storage methods comes under strict regulation.

With our new laboratory facilities, we can offer you in-house bacteria monitoring backed up with a regular testing program of your stored bulk drinking water.

 Rigorous cleansing, strict procedures

Water hygiene

Towable 1000 litre drinking water bowser

We carry out daily, weekly and monthly chemical and bacteria monitoring providing strict control on the quality of water we supply from our sites which includes the water used to clean the vessels that store your drinking water all carried out following Health & Safety guidelines.

We’ve the capacity via mobile testing equipment, to provide on-site chemical and bacteria testing on water that has been stored for more than 48 hours (following drinking water guidelines). This includes a test for E-Coli analysed by UKAS accredited laboratories.

We carry out on-site cleans and Chlorination of utilities, buildings (such as welfare cabins, toilet blocks etc), providing certificates of work carried out and its compliance with Health & Safety guidelines.

We only use water storage vessels and pumps which comply with WRAS and DWI Regulation 31.

Water supplied is only drawn from wholesome water authority sources.

Other methods (which we don’t use)

Commonly (and for convenience), many testing services use a system known as ATP for on-site water testing, employing hand held meters.

ATP or Adenosine triphosphate is not a foolproof bacteria test, especially where Legionella bacteria is concerned.

To be truly sure of the cleanliness of your drinking water, opt for a sample taken on-site and analysed in a designated UKAS accredited laboratory. Testing for bacteria by these laboratories conforms to guidance set out in the ACOP L8 document and provides evidence ensuring our on-site testing regime is effective.

Tardis Environmental follow strict guidelines set out in ACOP L8 (2013) Legionnaire’s disease, the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems and the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) guidance document on the implementation of the water supply (Water Quality) regulations 2000 (as amended in England 2012)