How To Ensure Your Wash Down Bay
Manages Wastewater Effectively
Whether your wash down bay is designed for heavy machinery, car or truck washes, industrial mining sites, or temporary construction camps, it is extremely important that wastewater is managed effectively.
In this article we discuss the negative impact of wastewater, and how to ensure your vehicle wash bay is fully equipped to ensure no damage is done due to storm or waste water.
The Dangers of Storm & Waste Water
Wastewater is a common term that refers to domestic, commercial or industrial water after it’s been used. When it comes to your wash down bay, this would be the water used to wash your vehicles or machinery, mixed with chemical cleaners.
Stormwater, which is a form of wastewater flows due to rain, running off from various urban or agricultural areas.
As harsh chemicals are required for industrial and commercial vehicle wash systems, this type of wastewater is highly contaminated and can have a negative impact on the environment.
When not properly treated or managed, wastewater can:
- Seep into the ground and contaminate the soil, causing erosion and affecting natural growth of native plant life in the area.
- Filter into local water systems and contaminate our own domestic water supply, creating potential health hazards; and
- Cause illness to local wildlife who rely on surrounding rivers and streams as a drinking source, amongst other problems
This is why it is so crucial as business owners that we ensure our wash down bay has an effective storm and wastewater management system in place to protect people, animals, and the planet.
How to Ensure Your Wash Bay is Effective
No matter how well intentioned you are with your wash down bay wastewater management, the reality is that many materials, such as concrete, weather and erode over time thereby increasing the chance of wastewater accidentally seeping into the ground.
Fortunately, there are a few options to consider to ensure you are doing your due diligence with storm and wastewater management:
- Use alternatives to concrete for your wash down bay flooring, such as ECOseals Modular Industrial Flooring, which are liquid proof and last longer with less maintenance required over time
- Ensure you are scheduling proper maintenance and treating any cracks or damaged areas of your wash bay
- Use alternatives to harsh chemicals where possible
To find out more about customisable ECOseals modular industrial flooring panels, made from lightweight, sustainable composite materials, and how we effectively manage storm and wastewater with our designs, simply contact us today!