As we’ve discussed in previous emails, there are a variety of ways that you can approach safe disposal of concrete washout material. Concrete Washout Solutions has revolutionized the industry with cutting-edge technology to bring you the best options for concrete washout containers. Nevertheless, there are alternative options available for concrete washout. Our previous email talked about the alternative of concrete washout pits and why these are outdated options. Concrete washout pits have some initial appeal, but upon further inspection they actually:
- Cost more
- Require more labor
- Require more maintenance
- Have high risk for tears and breakage
- Risk failing to be EPA compliant
Outside of concrete washout pits, there are also alternatives that include vinyl washout containers and chute washout boxes and buckets. These, too, run into a variety of issues, including limited capacity. Whatever type of concrete washout system you choose to use on your construction site, there are important steps to take in order to be compliant with EPA standards and local rules and regulations. That is what we’ll be taking a look at in today’s email.
Whether you’re choosing a washout pit, a vinyl container, or our innovative ramped and rampless concrete washout containers, you should keep these tips in mind. You will also want to ensure that you are compliant with any rules that are unique to the state and county in which your construction site is located.
1. Wash Trucks And Equipment In Designated Areas
Washing off your trucks in the appropriate manner and location is essential for remaining compliant with EPA standards. It’s not surprising that your truck can create quite the toxic slurry when washed down. What might be less obvious, however, is the washing of your equipment.
It can be tempting to wash down your equipment in whatever area is convenient. This will cause you to only be outside of EPA compliance, but it can be very harmful to the surrounding environment. The slurry that results from concrete washout is classified as corrosive and can be like pouring Drano down a storm drain. It might not seem like much to wash off your equipment, but it can be a serious danger to the waterways and ecosystems in the surrounding areas.
2. Contain And Direct Wash Water Appropriately
Of course, the reason you want to wash your trucks and equipment is so that you can appropriately contain the wash water. This is where your choice of wash water container comes in. Regardless, it is absolutely essential that you avoid adversely affecting ground water. If you are using a washout pit, it must be designed so that no overflows can occur due to inadequate sizing or precipitation. And, of course, you can avoid the risks and costs of washout pits and instead choose washout containers from Concrete Washout Solutions.
3. Be Sure To Treat Washout As Waste
You need to avoid adversely affecting ground water at all costs. This entails that you treat any wash water as a waste product. All waste products must be disposed of in the appropriate ways. You will want to make sure that do not dispose of concrete wash water or wash out concrete trucks onto the ground or into:
- Storm Drains
- Open Ditches
There are no circumstances where it is appropriate to dispose of wash water into any of these areas. Similarly, you do not want to dump or abandon any excess concrete on your construction site, except in designated concrete washout areas.
4. Treat Hardened Concrete As Waste
As mentioned, you will not want to leave excess concrete on site. Hardened concrete, just like your wash water, will need to be treated as waste and managed accordingly. This can involve breaking up your concrete in your container (which can risk puncturing your concrete pit). The resulting slurry is to be handled just as any other wash water.
Concrete Washout Solutions
Regardless of the project or your choice of washout system, it is essential to be operating with the appropriate equipment and to receive expert advice. Concrete Washout Solutions offers unparalleled equipment and expertise, all of which will result in the safest and most environmentally-friendly treatment of concrete washout. We are equipped with the knowledge and resources to ensure the best concrete washout experience. Contact us to learn more, and be sure to stay tuned for further information on our company and the industry at large.