Proper Disinfection of Water Truck Components

26 March 2021

Water trucks are deemed to be useful in a lot of industries. For both mining and construction industries, water trucks are utilised in controlling dust, as well as providing a supply of water for their everyday needs. The agriculture industry, alternatively, uses water trucks for irrigation purposes. Water trucks are likewise maximised in providing potable water supply, putting out a fire, and compacting the soil.

Given the applications associated with water trucks, their primary components must be cleaned and disinfected all the time. Without cleaning and disinfecting water trucks, the water that is being supplied by these trucks might obtain particles and microbes that can pose problems to specific sites and areas. Failure to clean and disinfect the water trucks can also damage them in the long run.

There are basic steps that must be followed when cleaning and disinfecting water trucks. Here are some of the water truck components and ways on how to clean and disinfect them.

Storage Tank

When cleaning the storage tank of the water truck, it must be free from any remaining liquid first. To do this, you must open the outlet valve or tap so it can release and drain out all the remaining liquid. For some types of tanks, a washout valve can also be used in draining out the residual liquid. Once the tank is clear of any liquid, you can now scrub its internal surfaces with a mixture of detergent and hot water. The cleaning solution can be applied through a stiff brush or a high-pressure jet. As the cleaning process is concluded, you must wash and flush the whole tank to remove traces of detergent in the water.

As for the disinfection of the tank, the process of chlorination must be done. It is a process that entails the addition of chlorine to the water tank so it can effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that can be found in water. To initiate the chlorination process, you must fill the tank with a quarter full of clean water before sprinkling the adequate amount of chlorine. Ultimately, you must fill the tank thoroughly with water before closing the lid and leaving the tank for a whole day.

Hoses and Pump

And since your storage tank is now filled with water and disinfectant, your hoses and pump can also be disinfected. Before starting your pump, connect it first with hoses so that the mixture from the tank can pass through them. Once the pump is running, you may leave it for about an hour.

Alternatively, if your water truck does not have a pump, then you may use some of the disinfectants from the tank and use it to fill the hoses. Make sure that you block one end of the hose so that the entire internal surfaces of the hoses will be cleaned and disinfected.

After a few hours, you must remove the disinfectant from the tank by connecting the hoses to the tank outlet. After everything has been released out of the tank, your water truck, hoses, and pump can now be used for specific applications.

For more information about the disinfection of water trucks, you can contact us at WACME.


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