For rail welfare servicing call the experts

Here at Tardis Environmental we’re no strangers to railway welfare servicing. A large number of our tanker fleet are fully Crossrail compliant and our reputation in this field already speaks volumes.

When you consider there’s 9788 miles of networked railway in Britain which is pretty high maintenance, with our expertise working in the environment, we are closely involved with railway maintenance companies.

As Europe’s biggest construction project, Crossrail is working towards reducing journey time and easing congestion in London and the South East with the new railway covering 100km stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the West across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

You may have read in previous blog posts that a large part of our vehicle fleet is Crossrail compliant, a necessity when working with the Crossrail project but also many other high profile construction projects where more than a cap is doffed to health and safety issues.

Crossrail vehicles carry signage alerting road users especially cyclists and pedestrians, to approach the inside of the vehicle with extreme care. HGVs have under run barriers and Sidescan equipment which senses proximity on the dangerous nearside of a vehicle in motion and provides the minimum of an audible alert in the cab though Tardis vehicles carry a video camera monitoring system so the driver can clearly see any approaching potential hazard. Vehicles which are not equipped to this high specification standard are not allowed to enter or work on Crossrail sites.

Some of the services were offer to railway maintenance companies include tank empties, portable toilet hire, welfare servicing, waste tank hire, portable shower hire, water bowser hire and water fills.

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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.

Portable Toilet Troubleshooting Guide

Very occasionally, a few problems occur when using portable toilets. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you get them back up and running as soon as possible.

Safety Warning

When you open the toilet unit, you are working in an unsanitary environment. Please ensure you wear appropriate PPE before engaging in even the most minor maintenance operations.

Common problems encountered with portable toilets and how to troubleshoot them.

If the toilet won’t flush properly, lift the lid on the waste tank.

You will see a 1″ pipe with a plastic mesh bag hanging from the gusher pump. It is fastened to the pipe by a jubilee clip.

Occasionally, the pipe assembly will become loose. Affix this by pushing the pipe and the bag on the underside of the pump.

If the pipe is still fixed in place, check for splits. If a split is discovered a new pipe and mesh bag will have to be ordered/supplied.

Portable Toilet Troubleshooting

Less common – If the pipe and bag are in good working order, check below the gusher pump for the condition of the black circular tubular diaphragm. If this is damaged, a Tardis engineer will be required to repair it.

Less commonly, with heavy use, two other issues occur. The toilet paper can cause the filter to become blocked. One sign of this is the flush handle becoming stiff to operate. If this happens, you will need to call a Tardis engineer to repair the problem.

If the flush handle has been operated aggressively, the mechanism may snap. The flush handle will move around with no resistance and the flush will not operate. In this instance, you will also require an engineer to repair it.

Very occasionally, the nozzle shown below can become blocked. The best solution if this happen, is to clear it with a jet lance.

Portable Toilet Troubleshooting

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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)

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Out and about with Tardis…

Jon, one of our stalwart tanker drivers has been busy with his camera – he gets all the best locations!

Last weekend, Saturday 1st August, was the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. We delivered a mixture of portable toilets and urinals to the event.

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 1

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2

Jon took some cracking pictures, though he wasn’t involved in the carnival action (he’s put away his Carmen Miranda outfit until next year), he has a job to do after all.

Last week he was despatched to Edgbaston Cricket Ground in the shiny new MAN Euro 6 tanker with 2500 gallon waste capacity and 1000 gallon clean water capacity. (See the blog we posted last week!)

Edgbaston cricket ground

Edgbaston welfare servicing

He cleaned up with the welfare cabin servicing whilst England were busy cleaning up against Australia.

Keep the photos coming Jon!

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