Winter preventive maintenance

 Winter preventive maintenance  an ounce of prevention…

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Who’s had to scrape the frost off their vehicles more than once this week?

December 1st marks the first day of the meteorological winter.

We thought it timely to remind those of you with water storage on site that’s aided by on demand pumps that it’s time to do some winter preventive maintenance to save inconvenience and damage to the pump.

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Typical on demand electric pump

If the temperature falls to 1 Celsius or below, you should take the pump out of service. Remove it from the water supply line, drain it and store it in a warm environment (indoors) until the temperature rises again.

When it comes to water pipework, we recommend lagging to minimise the chances of pipework freezing up. The pipework we use on site is 25mm dia and so 27-19mm lagging is ideal for the purpose.

Pipework will begin to freeze at around -2 degrees c. Pumps as mentioned earlier can be boxed in, but make sure the box has some ventilation.

Lagging should be applied to the whole pipework route, from the exit point of the bowser past the pump and into the cabin or appliance.

Bowsers themselves will rarely freeze to the point of being rendered useless due to the large body of water inside them.

Don’t be tempted to add anything to the water. You risk not only diminishing the quality of the water in your system and damaging the pipework and pump.

We publish a number of guides on maintaining and priming on demand pumps and the links are below. These can be downloaded in PDF.

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Click any thumbnail to download or view the relevant pdf

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Tardis raises money for BBC Children in Need

On Friday 18th November, Tardis HQ held the annual Great Tardis Bake Off, and this year all office staff came to work in our onesies too. Our efforts were in aid of a very worthy cause, BBC Children in Need.

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The official Children in Need group shot 2016

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Hire Desk Manager Nikki modelling her new onesie

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Natasha shows her tail end

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Shannon the bear, Pudseys pal

There were cakes and baked treats a plenty, although we didn’t get a photo before people tucked in. Here’s a couple of highlights.

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Stacey’s red velvet cupcakes went down well

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Another favourite, chocolate orange cupcakes

Together, the Tardis team raised £94.85 towards the Children in Need fundraising appeal.

We’re always looking to do our bit for charity, next up, Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children on Friday 16th December.

 

Halloween and something strange is a happening at Tardis Environmental

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As the clouds parted and a full moon shone over Tardis HQ, odd things began to stir.

On the hire desk, in accounts and out in the depot yards, normally placid and gentle folk started to garner a taste for other people’s brains. Flesh began to creep, and an odd green pallor overcame tanker captains and hire desk operators alike.

All found themselves struck with hunger, a hunger a Snickers bar or a pot noodle would no longer satisfy.

As tortured souls in the transport department tapped away at computer keyboards with gnarled withered fingers that occasionally snapped off, the PDAs were loaded with the day’s routes and a worried public cried “they know where we live”.

As tanker wheels rolled, now ravenous zombie hordes made a bee line for the shires and as they drove, the hunger burned inside.

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Septic and welfare tanks would be emptied and afterwards (once the job was signed for) there’d be feasting aplenty.  A juicy kidney for an entrée, a nice bit of neck fillet followed by a good gnaw on a thigh bone on the journey back to the depot.

So, for everyone in the mortal world who’s booked a tank or toilet empty today, a water fill or has a road sweeper job scheduled. Take a look at the little video we put together and try not to have nightmares.

Happy Halloween from all the ghoulish good folk at Tardis.

Better than an Oscar

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A big envelope arrived in the post this week and when we opened it, we were cock a hoop.

A couple of months ago, we put out a Tardis portable toilet on loan to one of our clients at a site where a special house conversion was being carried out for a children’s charity. That’s all we knew at the time, but we were happy to help.

We learned that the conversion was being featured in BBC’s DIY SOS TV programme as yet to be aired and the project is a “home from home” for children with cancer.

The organising charity is the quite well known Harry Moseley Help Harry Help Others and as you see from the pictures, the team had quite a job on their hands with the renovation project but as you can also see left a little palace behind them.img_1746

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And with a lot of hard work…

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The Cassidy Family from Stetchford in Birmingham now have a beautifully decorated and restored property to care for three year old Emily who has been undergoing treatment for cancer in the USA.

So, what was in the envelope.  As well as the letter of thanks, pictures from the project, a magnificently swish participant’s award with our name on.

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Better than an Oscar

We’re so proud of it, we’ll be putting it on proud display in the reception of Tardis HQ in Brownhills.

We’re not aware of the transmission date yet, but when we do get wind, we’ll post it on our social media feeds Twitter, Facebook etc.

Tardis would like to thank Help Harry Help Others, Georgie’s Respite Renovations Team and Colmore Tang. Our pleasure having been a partner on your project.

Autumn “leaves” little to the imagination

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Did we imagine that, just there out the corner of our eye, was that really a leaf falling from the trees already.  What happened to summer ?

Indeed, it was. The September song has begun, we’ll soon be wading through autumn’s golden gown unless there’s a Tardis road sweeper on the scene that is.

OK, so enough with the golden gown stuff…   Autumn leaves can and do cause problems especially when they get wet and start to decompose, making a gooey mulch that can be dangerously slippery on roads and paths and does a good job of blocking drains.

Luckily, our stalwart road sweeper fleet can take care of all kinds of debris that needs cleaning away. Leaves, mud litter.

We also have sweepers with a gully arm which can take care of blocked drains and manholes .

We sweep car parks, construction sites, quarry roads and entrances and of course streets and avenues where those pesky autumn leaves just keep piling up.

If you’re in need of a sweeper, then just call one free number nationwide, chat with us detailing your need and where you want us to appear and leave the rest to us.

Here’s a strictly autumnal little film showing one of our machines cleaning up, but of course we’re a 365 days a year operation in all aspects of our work.

One free number nationwide:  0800 731 0589

 

 

In any event or festival, it’s nice to be noticed

Your event or festival well covered by Tardis

It’s been a busy summer with an event or festival occuring almost weekly and plenty yet to come. We’re covering a large carnival in Leicestershire weekend of the 5th and a week or so ago, we were up north at an 80s festival which suited our tanker captain down to the ground because that’s his favourite music.

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Servicing the facilities at the 80s fest

For us this was a toilet and service event which went smoothly.

If we’re lucky (and we Brits are eternal optimists), we’ve another couple of months of summer weather left to make the festival season really special.

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80s fest showing regular and disabled toilet facilities

We were delighted to receive this letter in the post a few days later

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A welcome letter of appreciation from the festival organisers

Events require military style planning

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Whilst we aren’t event planners ourselves, Tardis has been involved with many festivals and events each year since we began hiring out our portable toilets in 1991.

And so, we are well placed to offer advice to those planning for an influx of visitors for an event, at least where sanitation is concerned.

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Increasing the number of urinals when the gender split leans to the lads

As part of your almost military style operation, consider how many folk are going to be attending. What’s going to be the gender split, if it’s predominantly male for example, you can reduce “loo queues” by increasing the number of urinals you provide over Tardis toilets.

Will there be alcohol served? This definitely increases demand on toilet facilities and should be factored into the grand plan.

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Disabled toilet facilities are a must at any event

Remember also to provide specially designed toilets  for the disabled and of course if you really want to show you’re on the ball, showers and hand wash facilities too.

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4 bay shower trailers on site

All of these we can provide to enhance your event.

But it’s not just a matter of putting your toilets out in a line and opening the gates.

Those toilets will need cleaning and replenishing which will require a rota based on the number of toilets, the envisaged number of visitors and of course the duration of the event. For example, if you’re running for more than a day and there’s overnight camping, this all adds to the demand on the facilities.

Also where campers are concerned, you should provide a separate disposal point to allow them to empty their waste rather than have them to pour it into the toilet units.  Ensure your guests know where these points are located to keep the toilet units at peak operating performance.

The reason for this is there’s a fine balance between the amount of biochemical solution and of course the physical storage capacity of these units.

Campers have a habit of pouring their “stuff” into the toilet units causing them to fill or overflow more quickly than with regular use.

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A line of Tardis toilets ready for use

Siting your toilets is also pretty important for two reasons. Good firm ground which if it rains you want to remain good and firm. Our service vehicles which can be a full sized tanker need to be able to get close enough to empty the units and not get bogged down in mud.

Also at busy events, you’d be surprised at how many people will still want to try use the toilets when there’s a crew cleaning them up.

This is where good event management comes in. Cordoning off the units being serviced is a good idea or at least marshalling people away to another facility.  It all makes for a smoother operation.

If you’re in the process of planning an event, give our team a call to discuss the options.

Call 0800 731 0589

www.tardishire.co.uk

 

 

Tardis celebrates 25 years in business

25 years of Tardis

 

Life was different back then

Back in 1991, a loaf of bread cost 54 pence and a pint of milk 32p. Beer was £ 1.37 a pint and Tardis Environmental arrived on the scene in a much smaller form that it is today.

Our ops director Rob as one of the founders of the company, had a shuffle through his shoebox of memories and provided some pictures of the kind of vehicles the company began with and used throughout the 90s.Tardis 25 years


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25 Years ago, tankers were a lot less sphisticated

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How we’ve grown

The company started out with 2 people and now employs over a hundred at 8 depots around the country.

There are no secrets to how we became the fastest growing environmental company in the UK. Just sheer hard work and a mantra of putting the customer first.

We study our industry closely, anticipate and meet regulatory requirements including environmental, Health & Safety, water hygiene to name just three.

In 2015, the company split off water related service to a new division called Tardis H2O on site and rather like the distinctive Tardis vehicles, the tankers are easily spotted on Britain’s roads.

Both the company and the equipment it uses have come a long way in the 25 years of operation.  Today’s fleet is modern and well equipped to deal with the demanding tasks the environmental and bulk water industries demand.

Oddly, whilst the shape of vehicles may have changed over the quarter century, portable toilet design remains quite similar. Here’s to the next 25 years.

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Glastonbury spells the end for the Tardis Toilet ?

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The eponymous Tardis toilet

There’s been a lot in the media of late about Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival. One story which caught our attention was the decision of the organisers to stop using the traditional “tardis” loo in favour of greener and more organic sanitation.

To clarify, Tardis Environmental hasn’t broken its longstanding relationship with Glastonbury’s organisers, in fact the week before last, we were there delivering waste tanks to the site, which many of the toilets and shower units drain into.

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A lottry load of Tardis waste tanks arrives at Glastonbury

Like any responsible organiser who’s activities make an environmental impact, Glastonbury are employing methods in many of its areas of operation to minimise the environmental impact on the land where the festival takes place each year.

We’ve supplied Tardis loos for 25 years

We were amused and somewhat flattered, when even Chris Evans on the radio referred to the toilets on the site as Tardis toilets, nice to think the item on which our company was founded 25 years ago is becoming as familiar a term as something say “Hoover”.

Here come the facts…

There will still be 5000 toilets on the Glastonbury fields including more than 700 metres of urinals they’ve even got these for ladies now, we kid you not.

As you know, we’re in the business of disposing “the business” nationwide 365 days a year, so our methods are ethical and legal and well documented.

Here’s a link to how we go about it around the land, showing how it is all disposed of at authorised STWs (Sewage Treatment Works) all controlled by electronic fob ID, the waste measured graded and properly processed.

The first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970 and was headlined by T Rex (which many of our readers will be too young to remember but Keith says were great as he saw them live in 1974).

All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves. Hundreds of pairs stolen from tents and their pockets picked by miscreants.  Next day, the site was awash with trouserless people, though later the garments were found discarded in a muddy ditch.

In 1987, 2,485 miles of toilet paper was on site which is enough to stretch from London to Baghdad, though attendees had other uses for it.

The now famous pyramid stage made its debut in 1981 and originally was constructed from telegraph poles and corrugated metal. The rest of the year, it doubled as a cow shed.

This year’s line up includes: Adele, Coldplay, Jeff Lynn’s ELO, New Order, ZZ Top who only Keith in the Tardis office knew !  Art Garfunkel and many others who he’d not heard of.

Unlike the good folk of Pilton, us Tardis bods did not get free tickets, so we’ll be watching it at home on telly with a bottle of Tizer or two.

If you’re amongst the lucky ones to be there, send us some pics.

On target for the event and festival season

As the bank holiday weekend approaches, we’re scurrying around the country helping organisers get their houses in order for a weekend’s serious partying.

Of course all that revelry has to be catered for, toilet and drinking facilities for example.

This year, we’re more on target than ever to meet the needs of our event organising clients.

Portable toilets of course, lots of those sitting on sites as we speak ready and waiting for the weekend.

The true stars of the event and festival scene
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Our new self- contained 4 bay shower trailers were extremely popular from the moment we put them into service because they provide private bathing for up to 4 people and are easily set up in less than ten minutes.

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Catering for larger events

Larger events call on us to provide waste tanks which are custom manufactured by Tardis to a high standard of fabrication again, taking the hassle from providing bulk sanitation in places where a lot of people gather.

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Tardis Waste tanks for Glasto 15

 

Tardis Hire Drinking Water Station

Improves water delivery time by a factor of 4

Bottles, bowsers or tanker trailers, we can supply water to meet your needs from 330ml in a nifty plastic bottle ready to drink, to 32,000 litres in a whopping big tanker which if required can be prepared for safe drinking, with a quality assured water supply and a *WRAS approved delivery point. * Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

Bottled water arrives by the pallet and is the easy fix option if people need to be hydrated quickly and without setting up approved drinking water points. They start at 330ml and go up to 1.5 litres sizes

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Bottled Drinking Water

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Water testing services 

As an organiser, you are responsible for providing a safe facility. Therefore, your storage and delivery methods have to meet standards and regulations and water for consumption also has to be tested after 48 hours storage, every 48 hours afterwards.

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Of course, you’ve Tardis H2O on site just a phone call away who will advise and provide the equipment and services you need to comply with regulations and keep your guests happy and healthy and that includes our water testing services.

And you know, the nice thing about using either Tardis Hire or H2O on site, when the partying is over, we come along and take it all way til next time.

 

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Tardis Hire provides portable toilets for events, festivals, weddings etc. Also we have tailored options such as disabled access units, 4 and 6 bay urinals (which cuts down loo queues).

Hand wash stations are also a popular hire option where a lot of people gather especially in hot sticky weather.

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Tardis H2O on site regularly provides clean or quality assured drinking water for public use. Clean water is drawn from authorised water hydrants, but because you can’t strictly control on how it is stored (refrigeration for example), it should be boiled before use, as you should with any uncertified water supply.

Boiling your water first is not always an option open to you out in the big wide world.

If a quality assured drinking water supply is required, then the vessel used to deliver the water is pre- prepared, as are the hoses and fittings used to transfer the water and of course the storage vessel too.

This is all recorded and controlled to *DWI standards

*Drinking Water Inspectorate.

As we already mentioned, testing for the condition of water has to take place after 48 hours of storage to ensure its fitness for purpose (drinking).

The last thing you want as an event organiser is to have people getting stomach bugs en masse, which is why we have trained people who come along and verify the water as fit for purpose or provide the corrective] action otherwise.

It’s a standard of service our clients have come to trust and which we take very seriously in our sphere of operations.

So, wherever you might find yourself this coming weekend, have a great time and may the sun be at your back.