There is little doubt that the vacuum truck has a “nasty” reputation. Even though it has been used for some timeVacuum_Truck to collect various types of contaminated and non-contaminated liquids, this vehicle is often known for its use in suctioning sludge and other muck that comes from sewers. Despite its negative public image, the vacuum truck is very different from these perceptions and actually helps to protect and improve the environment.

Waste Problems

Cities generate millions of cubic feet of contaminated water on a daily basis. This polluted water not only carries an unpleasant odor; it also carries potentially harmful pathogens that can cause additional contamination and even disease. Without treatment, it could befoul rivers, lakes, soil and oceans. So before waste water is introduced back into the environment, it must undergo decontamination in water treatment facilities.

Decontamination is the easiest part of waste water treatment; the collection and transportation the waste water is another story. While most developed cities have sewers that lead directly to treatment facilities, many small towns do not have a similar infrastructure that can automatically transport waste. One effective means for the collection and transportation of this waste is the vacuum truck. Factories that produce by-products that are unfit to be reintroduced into natural bodies of water also require this equipment to collect the waste and transport it to the proper treatment facility.

From Waste to Fertilizer

The waste water from sewage, septic and other sources is collected by a vacuum truck and transported to water treatment facilities where it is handled. The water is filtered to separate it from any solid debris before it is treated by using heat or by using solutions that kill off any pathogens and/or chemicals that might be contained in the water. The organic matter that is mixed with the water is then dried to get rid of any remaining water and to kill any remaining pathogens.

Domestic sewage is actually rich in nutrients that are valuable to plants due to its mixture of organic material. As the water is separated from the organic particles, it leaves valuable nutrients on the solid particles. Due to the rich nutrient content of the waste, the remaining solid material can be used as an organic fertilizer on farms. The advantage of using sewage sludge as an organic fertilizer is that it augments the condition of the soil, making it ideal for improving plant life. It also costs considerably less than commercial fertilizers and, because it is organic, it does not create any long-term negative consequences to the soil.

How the Vacuum Truck Helps

Despite the nasty reputation of this truck, it actually helps to protect the environment by serving as a safe and secure means of transporting waste fluids from a collection site to a proper treatment facility. No other equipment can do this job better or more safely than the vacuum truck; it is well-equipped to handle the job. Its suction unit allows workers to safely handle waste water without any contact with the contaminants, and the massive truck storage tank is capable of storing these fluids without any risk of contaminating the environment during transportation. So now it can be seen that this versatile vehicle is not only indispensable to the waste water treatment industry; it is also a major helping hand in protecting the environment!