Both on our blog and in our emails, we’ve explored the importance of effective concrete washout to prevent damage to the environment. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at both the environmental impact of concrete washout as well as what makes Concrete Washout Solutions the responsible choice for your construction projects.
Is Concrete Washout Really That Bad for the Environment?
It’s understandable to wonder if all the noise made over concrete washout is all that justified. After all, we have concrete structures all over the place, and they don’t seem to be hurting anything. Is this a case of the EPA being overly-cautious and simply extending its reach beyond where it belongs?
In short — no. Concrete washout really is that harmful to the environment. First off, it’s important to note that concrete remains one of the most widely used substances on construction projects in the world. Indeed, it’s one of the most commonly made materials on the planet, period. The demand for concrete is massive, and as the populations grow and cities expand, the demand for concrete only increases. The prevalence for concrete is one thing, but it’s not the whole story. It’s also the case that the materials that make up concrete can be quite dangerous.
Sure, concrete structures are everywhere. Once concrete dries, however, it becomes an inert substance that no longer poses a threat. Before that, the concrete mixture — and the water that was used on it (including the water that was used to clean off the tools and trucks) — is caustic. This material contains mortar, grout, plaster, stucco, cement, and other materials that contain harmful chemicals. The danger comes from these materials leaking into local water sources. As we’ve mentioned before, concrete washout water has a toxicity level greater than ammonia and near the same pH level as Drano. You don’t want that in your local water systems.
What Can We Do About Concrete Washout?
Okay, so concrete washout is legitimately harmful to ecosystems, including our waterways. We’ve established that the precautions and regulations implemented by the EPA are not mere overreactions. What now? What can be done about concrete washout?
Well, there are several ways to approach concrete washout. What’s essential is that your site is compliant with all federal and state regulations. You will need to ensure that you’re not violating any local codes or laws.
Beyond that, you have a variety of options. An approach to concrete washout that used to be very popular was washout pits. We’ve discussed before why washout pits are a thing of the past. There are many risks — both environmentally and financially — that come from choosing a washout pit. We don’t recommend it. You simply do not want to use inefficient washout systems. Doing so risks:
- Exposing fresh waterways to caustic, corrosive concrete washout water and materials that may result in all sorts of damage to ecosystems
- Allowing calcium sulfate, magnesium oxide, and calcium — commonplace ingredients in ready-mix concrete — to infiltrate our soil systems
- Contaminating lakes and other swimming areas with high amounts of iron and zinc, which can cause cancer, diabetes, skin irritation, and other adverse side effects
What’s the Responsible Option?
If you want to avoid these potential hazards, then the responsible option is clear: choosing Concrete Washout Solutions. We offer alternatives to the inefficient washout systems. We have brought together innovative technology, creativity, a dedication to quality and efficient service, and a passion for the environment to bring you the very best in concrete washout containers.
We offer two varieties of washout containers — a ramped and a rampless option. We also offer vacuum services. Check out our services page to learn more about our concrete washout containers.
All in all, we understand the importance of needing to tackle construction projects efficiently and affordably, while also balancing out the environment impact. This informed the trajectory of our technology, which will allow you take dispose of concrete washout without the risks and hazards that come from other types of washout solutions. Concrete Washout Solutions is the responsible choice. We are your solution to washout pollution. Contact us today to get started — and stay tuned for future emails that will keep you informed and updated on the world of construction and concrete!