Focus on SUSTAINABILITY
FLEETWASH Company Blog
Sustainability and environmentally-sustainable corporate operations are hot-button topics these days. Unlike many companies, a focus on sustainability has been a park of FLEETWASH culture since our company’s inception in 1973. Back then, FLEETWASH recognized the need for transportation managers to operationalize responsible cleaning of their growing fleets of trucks. They needed a more cost-effective, mobile washing solution with a reliable means to capture and dispose of wash wastewater. FLEETWASH was there to help.
Water Quality Concerns Us All
We only have one Earth – and water is our most precious commodity. Freshwater makes up less than 3% of Earth’s water but is the source for sustaining life by providing drinking water for all its inhabitants.1
According to the EPA’s National Water Quality Inventory, almost 44% of U.S. rivers and 64% of lakes were not clean enough to support fishing and swimming in the year 2004. Rivers and lakes, a major source of our drinking water, are particularly vulnerable to pollution. Leading causes of pollution included pathogens, mercury, nutrients, and organic enrichment. Discharge out of pipes, run off from livestock, fertilizer and other pollutants washing off the land all play a hand in the build-up of these pollutants in our water systems.2
Pesticides and fertilizers used to manage our golf courses, lawns, and farms account for a major portion of runoff pollution. Roads and parking lot runoff; tainted with oil, gasoline and road salt, also pollutes lakes and streams. Stormflow carries these unwanted materials into our storm drains, through our sewers, and into nearby creeks and streams increasingly degrading the water quality.3
Most people assume that water flowing into our sewage system is just treated and harmful pollutants removed. However, many chemicals that enter our sewage systems can be powerful enough to damage the sewers in our homes and city water treatment systems.4
For this reason, the EPA and other Local, State and Federal agencies have increased regulations to better police and prevent what enters the city sewage system – and thereby our water supply – in the first place.
FLEETWASH – Innovations in GREEN Cleaning
To answer the growing needs of our clients and assist them in meeting the increasing demands of the EPA, FLEETWASH first created a unique water retention system utilizing a customized pump and barriers to isolate and collect water run off during mobile truck washing projects. Water was isolated, collected and hauled off site for proper elimination. We were ahead of our time.
Since then, FLEETWASH continues to test, develop, and improve every aspect of our wash:
- the biodegradable degreasers, detergents;
- the isolation and retention system;
- and the wastewater filtration and elimination process.
Our innovation, ingenuity, and dedication to sustainable cleaning have led to the creation of the FLEETWASH patent-protected water recovery system.
Every FLEETWASH team member is trained to perform this patented water recovery process on every job – using the same exacting standards to ensure effective wastewater elimination. While other vehicle and facility cleaners may use similar steps, they may contract their jobs out to third parties to do their work. FLEETWASH is different.
Over 700 FLEETWASH mobile units are deployed daily servicing companies – large and small – from coast to coast. FLEETWASH field people complete every job, every wash, and every water elimination according to the procedures FLEETWASH has standardized around the country.
Last year alone FLEETWASH completed over 8 million truck washes, over 75,000 trash compactors, more than 100,000 Solar Panels, over 100,000 HVAC and refrigeration units….and countless buildings, awnings, and sidewalks. FLEETWASH processed and eliminated over 6 Million Gallons of wastewater in an environmentally responsible and sustainable.
FLEETWASH is continuing its innovation, dedication, and leadership in water isolation, collection, transportation, and elimination.
- Water Pollution Issues Report1
- The U.S. E.P.A. National Water Quality Inventory: Report to Congress, 20042
- USGS Water Science – Runoff Education3
- Go Green Plus, Disposing of Hazard Waste4
Getting you clean while keeping you GREEN
FLEETWASH started its washing operation in 1973. The need for a mobile service was evident in the quickly expanding transportation and distribution industry in the greater New York City area. Many spawning companies had growing truck fleets that all needed to be cleaned, and the original mobile truck washing idea took off and grew rapidly through the 70's and continued to grow into the 80's.