Success Stories: Heavy Equipment and Truck Washdown
Facilities that wash down heavy equipment or trucks often have to balance several operational priorities at
once. For example, ensuring adequate washing of trucks/equipment while reducing operational expenses and
meeting environmental standards.
For many, this balancing act can seem daunting; however, it doesn’t have to be. The following two companies
with heavy equipment and truck washdown
facilities recently found that they were able to meet all of...
A North American railway that prides itself on environmental responsibility recently worked with an engineering firm
to design a new wastewater treatment facility for one of its refueling stations in British Columbia. The
design challenge required a careful balance of meeting the railway’s commitment to environmental
sustainability, while still being able to operate in severe weather conditions – even temperatures as
low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chemical plants that manufacture or otherwise process chemicals (on a
large-scale) face unique challenges when it comes to wastewater management. While the equipment, technology
and processes used at chemical plants varies, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act requires plants
to meet certain performance standards aimed at water pollution prevention and treatment.
Under the Act, the EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as establishing wastewater standards
that require wastewater to be virtually free of oil and other contaminants. Chemical plants that don’t...
This Oil Skimmers, Inc. customer has been a producer of highly
refined mineral oils for more than a century. The company’s white oil products, which are used in the
formulation of lotions, creams, ointments and hand cleansers, require large amounts of water to make. The
oily water from the refining process, along with tank washdowns and runoff, adds up to a substantial
wastewater challenge. In an effort to improve its wastewater treatment process and increase overall plant
In industrial machining
and grinding operations, metalworking fluids are used to reduce heat and friction and remove metal
particles. Fluids can be water-based, including soluble oils and semisynthetic fluids, oil-based, such as
petroleum oils, or a mixture containing anything from oils, emulsifiers and anti-weld agents to corrosion
inhibitors and biocides, among others.