Tardis Continued Investment

At Tardis we are committed to the continued investment in new technology to maintain and improve the services we offer. We have recently invested £400,000 in new whale jet vac tankers that will be mounted on Scania chassis. These tankers are top of the range with all the required gadgets to ensure we can operate at the highest efficiency at the most prestigious sites in the UK, such as Heathrow Airport and the largest construction site in Europe, The Crossrail Project.

Each Tanker will come with an array of technology such as:

  • Vision alert reversing camera with flat screen monitor fitted in cab.
  • Adjustable traffic directing arrow
  • Chapter 8 hi-vis chevrons and board at rear
  • Highway maintenance sign and hi-vis stripes to lockers/doors
  • Side alert cyclists protection system

These new tankers will be named accordingly fitting in with our tradition of naming new tankers, such as the Ellie Jade & Beau Liberty.

Tardis Environmental UK has a large fleet of Tankers, and the addition of these two new ones will ensure we continue to offer the highest possible service to our customers. So if you need your septic tank emptying, interceptor emptied, toilet block emptied or site welfare block serviced call us today, our fleet of vacuum tankers provides a nationwide total wet waste removal service so you can be sure we have you covered!

Tardis & London Sewers

Tardis Environmental regularly has drainage jobs in London; our jet vac tankers provide drainage solutions for many construction sites and local councils, whilst our CCTV survey units make sure the pipes are in top condition and not prone to clogging. Tardis specialist HGV vacuum tankers are fully equipped for sewer cleansing and blockage clearances. We have small low volume jet vac tankers as well as large high volume and vactor tankers for larger diameter bore pipework. Our operatives are all confined space trained for chamber entry if required. We also provide 24 hour emergency call out enabling us to provide a round the clock service, which is a good thing to have in London!

 This blog will look at a brief history of London sewers and what improvements are being made to them today.

 Throughout the early 19th century the River Thames was an open sewer, with calamitous consequences for public health in London; suggestions to update the sewerage system were consistently made during 1856 but were ignored due to lack of funds. However, after the Great Stink of 1858, Parliament recognised the urgency of the problem and set to construct a modern sewerage system.

 Joseph Bazalgette, a civil engineer and Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Board of Works designed an extensive underground sewerage system that diverted waste to the Thames Estuary, downstream of the main centre of population. Six main interceptor sewers, totalling almost 100 miles (160 km) in length were constructed.

 The original system was designed to cope with as much as 6.5 mm of rainfall within the catchment area, and supported a smaller population than todays. London’s development has consequently put more pressure on the capacity of the sewerage system with high levels of rainfall in a short period overpowering the system resulting in flooding.

 Thames Water has developed three major engineering schemes to help stop sewer overflows and improve water quality in the River Thames. This includes upgrades to all five of our major sewage treatment works in London, the construction of the Lee Tunnel and the proposed Thames Tunnel. Thames water have also replaced more than 1,400 miles of old water mains, to reduce leaks and bursts and improve supplies for a growing population.

 They are also investing £346m to reduce the threat of sewer flooding at 2,500 properties by 2015. This investment will focus on reducing the risk of flooding to properties which have already suffered internal flooding. A large investment programme is proposed including plans to build underground tanks to collect and store heavy rainfall, increase the capacity of our sewers, and offer flood mitigation to homes at risk.


What do you call a portable toilet?

At Tardis we provide portable toilets for all kinds of events all over the UK, meaning we get to talk to lovely customers all over the place, each with their own term for the common portable toilet, so I thought I’d do a list of all the slang names for portable toilets, you may not have heard of some.


I came across a lot of theories as to where this term came from, here are some:


*That the word comes from nautical terminology, loo being an old-fashioned word for lee. The standard nautical pronunciation (in British English) of leeward is looward. Early ships were not fitted with toilets but the crew would urinate over the side of the vessel. However it was important to use the leeward side. Using the windward side would result in the urine blown back on board: hence the phrases ‘pissing into the wind’ and ‘spitting into the wind’. Even now most yachtsmen refer to the loo rather than the heads.

*That an early British toilet company produced a model of container named “Waterloo” (in honour of the Battle of Waterloo), and the term derives from ‘going to the Waterloo’, and then abbreviated too simply as ‘going to the `loo’.


The bog is a colloquial expression in British English for a toilet. Originally “bog” was used to describe an open cesspit and the word was later applied to the privy connected to it. More wide-spread is the usage bogroll, meaning toilet paper.


The Dunny is an Australian expression for a toilet that’s outside. The person who appeared weekly to empty beneath the toilet was known as the dunnyman. The word derives from the British dialect word dunnekin, meaning dung-house. It is now an informal word used for any lavatory and is most often used referring to drop or pit lavatories in the Australian bush.


The Netty is a Northern English Expression for an outside toilet.


The John is an American term for the toilet.


The Privy is an old fashioned term used more in the North of England and in Scotland, a possible derivation meaning private place.


The Crapper is another term in general use, along with the word ‘crap’, meaning excrement. Crapper is the name of one Thomas Crapper, who is mistakenly associated with the invention of the modern flush toilet. He did have several patents related to plumbing, but the word “crap” predates him

So there you go, some weird and wonderful slang terms for portable toilets!

Tardis helps out with award winning stadium

Brighton and Hove Albion’s new Amex stadium has won an international award for the best new venue.

The Seagulls’ home beat seven other stadiums around the world that were shortlisted for the New Venue Award at the Stadium Business Awards in Turin, Italy.   The football club moved into the £93m stadium at Falmer last July.

Tardis helped out whilst the stadium was under construction providing portable toilets for the busy workers and doing regular tank empties to make sure everything was running smoothly and that the builders were able to fully concentrate on the job at hand.

Tardis Environmental offers nationwide coverage for portable toilet hire and has vast experience in providing portable toilets for construction sites. We are delighted to have helped out with the stadium; watching it grow from start to finish we are not surprised it has won an award!

Tardis Flags

This year Britain celebrates two major events, The Queens Jubilee and the London Olympics so we at Tardis think it’s quite a good time to be British!

And we at Tardis are celebrating this fact with our own union jack style flags which will soon be flying high at all of our depots In support of everything British!

Be sure to keep your eye out for them! They may also be printed on to our portable toilets and our tankers.

Toilets for a palace

 Well right next to it!

For the Queens Jubilee weekend Tardis Environmental will be providing 100 portable toilets right outside Buckingham palace for the thousands of people expected to be lining the streets in celebration of the Queen’s epic milestone.

Or if you’re a night owl keep an eye out for our Tardis Tankers who will be making sure the toilets are in tip top shape after a busy day.

This is a testament to our standard of service and the standard of our toilets that they will be placed in such an illustrious position.

 If you’re going to be at the celebrations or watching from home, keep an eye out for our portable toilets!

Portable toilets in all shapes and sizes

When you think of portable toilet hire you may have the specific image of a small portable toilet which you see at festivals and at car boots, however nowadays there are a lot more options you can provide for your quests. At Tardis we can provide the standard portable toilet, but we can also provide you with event toilets, luxury toilets, urinals, disabled portable toilets and even showers!

All these options are available to make sure your requirements can be met and ensure your guests are kept happy! So whenever you are organizing an event next bear this in mind, some options may cost you more than others but they may be a better solution, either way our highly experienced staff will be able to help you every step of the way!

Septic Tank Empties

Ask a person who lives in the city what a septic tank is and they may not have a clue, ask a farmer or someone who lives in the country they will say it’s vital to everyday life.

These systems are common in areas with no connection to main sewage pipes. Each time you flush the toilet or you wash something down the sink’s drain, you create sewage also known in polite society as wastewater. There are three main things about wastewater that make it something you don’t want to release into the environment making septic tanks vital.

  1. It stinks. If you release wastewater directly into the environment, things get very smelly very fast.
  2. It contains harmful bacteria. Human waste naturally contains coliform bacteria (for example, E. coli) and other bacteria that can cause disease. Once water becomes infected with these bacteria, it becomes a health hazard.
  3. Wastewater contains nitrogen and phosphates that, being fertilizers, encourage the growth of algae. Excessive algae growth can block sunlight and foul the water.
  4. Wastewater contains organic material that bacteria in the environment will start decomposing. When they do, these bacteria consume oxygen in the water. The resulting lack of oxygen kills fish.
  5. The suspended solids in wastewater make the water look murky and can affect the ability of many fish to breathe and see.

The increased algae, reduced oxygen and murkiness destroy the ability of a stream or lake to support wildlife, and all of the fish, frogs and other life forms quickly die.

No one wants to live in a place that stinks, is full of deadly bacteria and cannot support aquatic life. That’s why communities build wastewater treatment plants and enforce laws against the release of raw sewage into the environment.

Septic tanks can also be emptied in order to keep them in tip top shape, Tardis Environmental offer this service; our vehicles are equipped with specialist vacuum pumps and long hoses to ensure we can desludge both domestic and commercial septic tanks. We also have vehicles with pressure washers for wash downs.

For domestic properties with tight access we have smaller HGVs available to allow easy access. While our larger tankers, up to our 6000 gallon artic, enables us to remove septic tank waste in large volumes in one visit. We also have the ability to deliver water should the need arise.

Our excellent service and competitive septic tank emptying rates have resulted in several years repeat business and a fantastic reputation.

Tardis Portable Toilet Hire

With our portable toilets, or Tardis toilets as we like to call them you can be forgiven for making the age old joke, “are they bigger on the inside?”

Well here’s one that is, Swedish company IKEA working in conjunction with Milan based agency 1861 United created a whole new dimension in the portable toilet world, and filmed the reaction.

We’re working on making all our toilets like this, but it may take a while!



Scary Toilets

If you have ever been at a festival you know that by about the 2nd day, every time you go to a portable toilet you start to brace yourself for whatever smell or substance may be waiting for you in there. It is quite a scary experience for the bravest of men.

However, imagine if you will, using these facilities and gazing down on the enormous cavern below your feet 15-storeys high.

It was fashioned on top of an old colonial building, which contained a shaft for a lift that was never fitted. Instead the top of the shaft was covered over with glass and incorporated into a penthouse, and this is the bathroom.

Now which one would you prefer to use?

Bear in mind, if you were using Tardis for your portable toilet hire we are in a good position to keep your toilets fresh and clean as we can offer a weekly service with a fleet of large tankers.

Does that help you make your decision?