Wash Water Regulations

Why do I need to worry about my washwater?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has singled out unmanaged construction sites as major sources of water runoff pollution. Ready mixed concrete providers are being asked to do their part in reducing these pollutants by collecting and containing the water used to wash off concrete chutes. This washout water has been found to have a high pH level (often near 12).

Water quality is also overseen by local and State agencies. These agencies are striving to comply with the USEPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program. As a result, requirements are emerging stating that no amount of truck-chute wash-water may touch the ground.

In order to be a good steward of the environment, and to comply with Federal, State and local mandates, ready mixed concrete providers now need to ensure that chute wash water is properly collected and treated. The Booster Washout Tank® allows a concrete producer to maintain control over this water in order to ensure its proper collection and treatment. It can also save contractors hundreds, or even thousands of dollars by eliminating the need for an onsite washout pit.