One of my favourite songs by Led Zeppelin is their 1971 reworked version of the famous Memphis Minnie haunting blues song, 'When the levee breaks.' This song portrayed events of the tragic Mississippi Flood of 1927 when the levee banks burst. That event caused much havoc in its time. Now, when one of our effluent Tuff Tanks over-spills on a busy construction site, it might not be a disaster at the same scale, but it does present its very own unpleasant health hazards and unwarranted chaos too. I say 'unwarranted' because actually, tanks over-spilling is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. So, what can be done to avoid this problem and make it go away? This short blog offers a neat and nifty solution that does exactly that…
Site project managers on construction sites are far too busy with their day job to waste time monitoring effluent levels in waste collection tanks. And when full, then organises contacting the sewage tanker contractor to come along empty it. It's simply not a good use of their time. Often, as 'Murphy’s Law' so often has it, such emergencies happen (and the Tuff-Tank levee breaks, so to speak) at the least convenient times too - like Friday afternoons for example. Duh! So, it's very frustrating that the managers focus is diverted to deal with this emergency and health hazard, rather than the scheduled planned tasks. As on-site project managers, sewage removal contractors operate large tankers and will be scheduled too to utilise their time most efficiently. So, reacting to unwarranted emergencies can be frustrating for all parties. But, there is a better way that simply avoids all this s**t!
Thankfully in today's high-tech world, there just so happens to a nifty solution to that completely avoids this problem and makes it go away. Not only that, but it can save time all around. And in construction, as well as waste removal, saving time translates to saving money - bonus!
Enter 'stage left' the Apollo Infinity 3G ultrasonic level monitor (by Dunraven Systems). Originally tried and tested for the oil industry, this smart device is now available to monitor effluent waste levels too. It neatly secures onto any one of our Tuff-Tank range (or underground tanks too).
And, via 3G it connects to a cloud-based app via the worldwide web. The system then automatically does all the 'mad-science' bit in working out levels, estimates when it is full and can then schedule the tanker to come along at an allotted time to empty out the tank, all as part of a tanker driver’s daily plan. That’s so smart! And there's more too, It's all done all without any customer intervention. That's right - so, that saves a lot of time both at the tanker contractor end and with the site project manager too. Now, get this - the site project manager simply receives a courtesy SMS text when the collection tanker will be arriving to empty his effluent tank. That means, no more manual monitoring of tanks on site - all the hard work is done via the level alarm system. That's a win-win for all parties.
Also, the alarm itself is very robust and its price point makes it an easy no-brainer decision to add to the cost of the tank. And, what's more, for all our customers we'll even fit it to our tanks for you. As the alarm operates using a simple 3G connection the telemetry is 'bullet-proof' too and handled by a small monthly fee that is very manageable. Ta-da! Problem solved. No more unwarranted wasted time dealing with smelly and unhealthy overspills either. There is nothing not to like folks - now that’s Jenga!
According to Dunraven Systems remote tank telemetry has many benefits such as:
We love this solution, so much so, that we will be offering this solution to all our customers because we think you’ll will love it too - it's a game-changer, people!
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Acknowledgements - Header graphic - the alarm is supplied by Dunraven systems and the diagram is from their website
Plastic Solutions has launched a range of high capacity tanks - 1,800 litre to 10,000 litre - for short term liquid waste and effluent storage.