Friday 16 April 2021

SBW water recycling system cuts carbon and costs

A new water recycling system designed by washing equipment manufacturer Smith Bros & Webb (SBW) is allowing commercial vehicle operators to keep their fleets hygienically clean in a cost effective way, while significantly reducing their carbon footprint, the company says.

SBW, which manufactures all Britannia washing systems, has used 77 years of experience of providing cleaning solutions to the transport sector to design a range of water recycling equipment to complement its existing range of commercial vehicle wash plants.

The system allows customers to cut the volume of water they use to clean their fleets, in turn helping to save operational costs and reduce their impact on the environment.

With a unique three-tank design contained in a one-piece fabricated construction, the RC200 system is said to be robust and among the most advanced systems available in the marketplace.

The process allows the sediment generated from the wash process to be filtered and removes harmful waste products such as organics, shampoo and oils before storing the water for reuse.

With more focus being placed on the risk of legionnaires and the responsibilities imposed on operators to ensure these risks are eliminated, SBW has designed the RC200 to include the added ability to check, monitor and control specific risks associated with legionnaires, allowing the operator to run the wash plant with confidence that all water spray particles are within specified requirements before distributing to the wash pad.

This process also incorporates all tanks associated with the water processing including the underground water storage facility associated to all wash plants, again unique to the design.

The end result is a reduced water bill, reduced carbon footprint and a reduced risk of legionnaires exposure without compromising on the presentation of the fleet, says SBW.

Dave Barker is the managing director of Britannia Washing Systems, which supplies a range of water reclamation and recycling systems from its base in Alcester.

He said: “With the ever-growing issues surrounding the sustainability of water usage around the world, more companies are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint and thus recognising that along with these reductions the benefits of water reclamation and recycling systems also offer a huge reduction in operating costs, which in the current climate is an essential requirement in all sectors.

“The RC200 is highly effective and can result in substantial savings, all the while ensuring your fleet’s appearance remains impeccable.”

Britannia Washing Systems has also introduced a new 70 per cent alcohol multi-purpose hand sanitiser with built-in moisturiser, which it says has been embraced by the transport industry.

Simply called ‘The Britannia’, it comes in an aerosol form, which renders it particularly effective on hard surfaces, the company says.

Harvey Alexander, chairman of Britannia Washing Systems, has more than 40 years of experience in the commercial cleaning sector. He believes The Britannia hand sanitiser and multi-purpose product will serve as a powerful weapon in the continuing fight against infectious diseases such as the coronavirus, which can remain on hard surfaces for several days.

Mr Alexander said: “As people return to work it will now be even more important to ensure that the safety of commuters is maintained.

“Settings where there is a high turnover of people touching multiple surfaces – such as buses, trains, cars and coaches – are particularly vulnerable.

“Having just one easy-to-use portable aerosol product – rather than a mix of gels and wipes – will help operators, drivers and indeed travellers to combat the spread of infectious diseases while ensuring vehicles are kept clean and safe.”


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