Catch the wave – Bulk water delivery with a difference

We’ve just made a very useful addition to our fleet.  A 26 tonne bulk water tanker which has the added bonus of rear wheel steering allowing it to access where our larger tankers may have difficulty for example, farm gates.

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The cultured amongst the Tardis fanbase may notice the likeness of our H2o tanker graphic to a famous woodblock print from the Japanese Edo period.


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the great waveThe wave off Kanagawa, around 1830.

Katsushika Hokusai was an artist from the school of Ukiyoe. And he created this.
It is a woodblock print where each of the composing elements of the picture are carved by hand, ink is applied in the relevant colour and then the block pressed down on to paper. The process is repeated with typical unerring accuracy many times until the finished picture emerges.

You can buy an original woodblock print today, it will have been made recently, but still using the blocks carved almost two hundred years ago.

Today’s prints use modern ink pigments, whereas the ones made during the Edo period would have been vegetable based.

Rather like these prints, our rear wheel steer tanker is highly sought after in this case for bulk water deliveries, having a capacity of 16000 litres.

The tanker carries 60 metres of hose and the usual high level of safety equipment for vehicle and driver and we think a nice paint job too!

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Now you know all about Japanese woodblock prints, you can learn more about our nifty 26 tonne beauty by clicking on the thumbnail woodblock print spec sheet.

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.

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.

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.

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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