All this snow so early on in the season makes you wonder what will happen during those last few winter storms in March and maybe even April... Will our municipalities still have enough money by then to pay for salt and sand, gas to run plow trucks, vehicle maintenance, and employee salaries? Winters like this make them take a hard look at how their tight budgets are being spent and what they can do to make them go as far into the season as possible. One of the highest costs and most difficult tasks for these road crews during snowy times is keeping their equipment in good working order.
During times like we just had where we have long-lasting back-to-back snow/ice storms, plow trucks are on the roads non-stop in harsh conditions. The freezing cold and volatile temperatures along with an accumulation of salt and sand on the roads create the perfect environment for snow machines to come down with a bad case of corrosion. Corrosion can be detrimental to the lifespan of expensive plowing equipment and once it starts, it is extremely difficult to stop. The most effective way to fight corrosion is through preventative maintenance. This means regularly washing the vehicles, especially the undercarriage.
In case you haven't seen one up close, municipal plow trucks are enormous so you can't just run them through a car wash. They are typically washed by hand using a pressure washer which can take forever and get pretty nasty. Municipalities also have to be conscious of where they wash their fleet due to recent EPA regulations which aim to keep wash water run-off from polluting the environment. Riveer is currently working with a municipality on a fleet washing system which solves all of these problems.
The system will consist of a wash rack to collect all of the wash water run-off, high powered washing tools, and a water filtration system, all in one turnkey, easy-to-use package. The wash rack is built from heavy-duty steel and coated with grit-impregnated epoxy for a slip-free and long-lasting tread. Features like remote control panels, automatic hose reels located within arm's reach, and built-in conveyors to remove mud and other solids from the wash rack without having to lift a shovel make Riveer Racks(TM) the best on the market. A manually operated water cannon along with an automatic high-powered under- and side-carriage spray system knocks down all that sand and salt build-up and thoroughly clean the underside of a truck in just a couple of minutes, saving tons of time and money. Riveer Treatment Systems(TM) then recycle the wash water for reuse which is not only good for the environment, but also for reducing water costs.
As we hear more and more about depleting budgets, we can only hope that more and more municipalities will hop on the Riveer bandwagon to start reducing their maintenance costs and saving the environment asap. While the system can be a large upfront expense, it will pay for itself many times over the next few years.