Autowash

Staying Water-Wise

Staying Water-Wise

Autowash

Autowash was established in 2003 to provide vehicle washing solutions to its customers, focusing primarily on the supply, installation and maintenance of automated washing and water recycling equipment.

The Australian owned company has searched the world for the best-of-breed solutions for its customers and now sources its products from the US, Canada, Korea, Singapore, Germany, Italy and the UK. In recent years, Australians have become even more aware of the importance of water conservation as a result of the drought, which has led to tough water restrictions being enforced throughout the country in a bid to increase our water storages.

But still, millions of litres of contaminated waste water is being washed into our storm water systems across Australia as a result of vehicle washing where water is not properly treated and recycled. While water recycling may seem like a clear-cut solution to reducing water wastage, it can be detrimental to the environment if not done properly.

Contaminated waste water can have a negative effect on the environment and water quality, and is also the biggest threat to marine environments. It can contain hydrocarbons, total organic carbon, dissolved copper, lead, zinc, turbidity and suspended solids.

Many vehicle-wash recycling systems require excessive maintenance and can become a breeding ground for bacteria. The prevalence of bacteria can become even greater with trucks used in some applications, such as those leaving agricultural or construction sites with bacteria from seeds and soil transported on the vehicle and then washed into the system.

In South East Asia, wheel washers and water recycling systems are mandatory on all construction sites, treating the water in order to help reduce the spread of dirt and plant disease. Autowash is hoping for similar regulations to be put into practice in Australia. Autowash believes that the best way to improve the situation is to use efficient washing and recycling equipment that properly treats the water and effectively separates the water from solids and keeps it flowing to minimise any bacterial growth, ensuring that quality water is not wasted. The company now sells equipment from various suppliers including InterClean, Dong Seo and Scott Vickers.

Autowash was awarded exclusive distribution rights to the InterClean wash and recycling system in 2008 and has since installed this system for Chevron (Gorgon, WA), BHP (Cannington, QLD), Veolia (NSW), Emerald Carrying Company (Rockhampton, QLD) and Camsons (NSW). The InterClean system uses a state-of-the-art patented anti-turbulentrecycling and high pressure equipmentmodule, Centri*Spinner®, which can clean vehicles without the need for brushing or crubbing equipment. The same module is used for all InterClean applications, from automated washing through to hand-gun washing. Each module is able to produce up to 1,250l/min of recycled water continuously. The system is designed to recycle and aerate the wash water automatically without the need to change filters or any manual supervision. Even though the system uses no chemicals or additives, it is able to operate under the most demanding vehicle wash conditions, including on garbage trucks.

According to Autowash, InterClean is the only system able to cope with large volumes of water over the life of the machine. In fact, InterClean recently fitted the largest truck-wash facility in the world. Its wash and recycling system was fitted at the remote the Kalahari desert in South Africa, at the new Khumani Mine, to wash the 30ft-high haul trucks before their regular service and maintenance.