Pollution Prevention, Water Reclamation
At Riveer, we believe in the importance of bringing you highly effective washing solution technology that is also environmentally compliant. The improper disposal of wash water and debris is greatly harmful to the environment and to the health of individuals in the surrounding community. Because of this, municipal and Federal organizations are increasingly placing regulations on corporations regarding the proper cleaning of industrial equipment. Riveer washing solutions are designed to ensure that your company is an environmentally responsible organization.
Dangers of improper cleaning:
Projects and industries that require the use of large industrial vehicles are often projects that generate a great deal of excess debris and particulate matter that naturally builds up on those vehicles. It is highly important to not only regularly clean these technological investments, but also to clean them properly.
A phenomenon known as trackout occurs when vehicles leaving job sites track mud and grime from the site out onto public roads. This is a serious problem that can have a number of hazardous environmental consequences:
- When sludge and other workplace waste builds up on roadways, these pollutants mix into stormwater runoff, which will further pollute local bodies of water when the now polluted runoff waters flow into them.
- Fine particulate and fine respirable particulate, also known as PM10 and PM2.5 are one of the top health hazards in urban environments. These hazards are generated by trackout from improperly regulated job sites. The airborne particles generated by this behavior, when inhaled, cause respiratory diseases including asthma, emphysema and lung cancer.
- Trackout that occurs in more rural settings pollutes the groundwater when pollutants seep into soil adjacent to contaminated roads.
- The presence of dirt and sediment on roads can decrease the safety and the quality of those surfaces.
All of these hazards can be easily prevented with the proper implementation of Riveer washing solutions. And keeping waste off of the roadways is not the only consideration that needs to be made. Even when vehicles are thoroughly cleaned on-site, pollutants can be generated. This is why Riveer stresses the importance of water reclamation and water reuse. The Riveer MudMasterTM closed loop wash systems can prevent the following contaminants from leaking into the environment surrounding a work site:
- Metal in the form of pain chips
- Soaps and detergents
- Other chemicals
Federal and Local Regulations:
Riveer uses the highest quality filtration and water recycling technology to ensure environmental compliance.
Industrial facilities have increasingly become the target of regulations that seek to eliminate industrial pollution by mandating proper cleaning practices. Many of these regulations stem from Federal EPA designations that found dangerous concentrations of pollutants in populated areas.
When the EPA deems an area to have high concentrations of pollutants, local governments have the responsibility to reduce this hazard, or they will lose federal funding. Often, these local governments mandate the addition of wheel washes or rumble grates to industrial sites under their jurisdiction. Some companies are required to comply by way of fines and other legal penalties.
The EPA also has rules and regulations in place for the proper use of wash water reuse. The majority of US states also have regulations that instruct companies on how to best put recycled water to use.
Riveer uses the highest quality filtration and water recycling technology to ensure that companies will meet any State or Federal regulations. In addition, industrial facilities that have installed and implemented Riveer washing solutions will be working in compliance with environmental mandates.
It’s the right thing to do
Make a commitment to protecting the health of your workers and the health of the surrounding community.
However, your company should not be motivated to comply with environment regulation simply to avoid the risk of fines or legal punishment. Installing an effective washing solution is simply good business practice for any company hoping to have long-term success.
A commitment to protecting the health of your workers and the health of those in the community surrounding a work site will establish the reputation of your company in a positive way. Being a trustworthy member of the community and good stewards of the environment can make you a company that people will look forward to working with.
In many instances, companies have installed industrial wash systems ahead of any official governmental regulations in their region, and by doing so they have proven their desire to be responsible neighbors to the community.
Corporations who still ignore these best management practices are not only doing a great disservice to the community, but they are also risking great financial losses in the form of pollution control equipment should any toxic waste from their work sites spill out into the environment or the community.
Cleaning industrial vehicles is only half of the battle however; leaving pollutants at a work site is little better than leaving them elsewhere. The use of Riveer water reclamation technology to contain and redirect waste as a part of your organization’s efforts to prevent pollution offers a number of additional benefits for your company, the environment, and the community:
- Water recycling serves to preserve freshwater supplies, which are increasingly limited in many areas of the country as demand grows.
- Water reclamation can help to prevent the drainage of water from ecosystems that rely on their supplies of freshwater to stay viable.
- The purification and collection systems found in the Riveer line of technology contain and eliminate the sludge and toxins that are a byproduct of an industrial workplace.
- Closed loop reclamation systems offer savings in the form of reduced water bills and sewer connection charges.
Riveer closed loop systems are able to continuously re-use the same volume of water by utilizing a state-of-the-art filtration process.
Water is a valuable commodity that closed loop water reclamations systems work to conserve. While more than 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, most of that is salt water, and in fact, only 1% of the earth’s water is available for use as clean drinking and washing water.
Clearly, this water is precious and needs to be conserved. This can be especially seen in some of the warmer US states. In 2011, Texas experienced their worst drought in half a century, leaving the lakes, reservoirs and other sources of water almost entirely drained. In fact, many in Texas were forced to buy water form neighboring towns in order to get by. Riveer closed loop systems are able to continuously reuse the same volume of water by utilizing a state-of-the-art filtration process, thereby preserving our precious resources.