Carpet cleaner arrested for dumping water

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  1. Rob Allen

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    Seems a carpet cleaner was dumping water at a car wash and has been arrested. He is charged with felony commercial dumping. This is a serious charge and a sobering reminder that we should always be conscious of our waste water dumping habits.


    Here is the news link and full story;

    http://www.ocala.com/article/201106...=Man-accused-of-dumping-chemicals-into-drain-
     
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    That's too bad. He probably thought he was doing the right thing. I guess he should have asked for permission to do it.

    I love this part; "The man said he saw a man exit the suspicious vehicle, which belongs to a carpet cleaning company, and release a handle that emptied some type of liquid into a drain."
     
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    **** thats tough. Even worse because he was thinking he was doing the right thing dumping to a dedicated sewer.
     
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    Good post.

    My understanding is car washes reuse the water.

    If I owned a car wash I wouldn't be happy either.

    If the drain went to a water treatment plant then I am sure it would be no big deal.
     
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    Harsh! He shouldn't have done it. But a FELONY?! Geez, Florida is out of control. You can't rip one down there without getting fined.
     
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    Where does that car wash drain water go? Sewer?
     
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    I think the water is filtered and reused by the car wash.
     
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    All of the silt and debris and gunk is trapped in a pit that has to be manually shoveled out or cleaned out with a sewer vac truck. The water leeches into a reclaim pit where it may be filtered and reused or sent down the pipe to the water treatment facility.

    That is why car wash owners get upset about this. They have to pay somebody to clean all that up, whether it's an employee or a septic truck. I worked at a carwash as a teen and spent many a rainy day shoveling pits out.
     
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    A carwash is NORMALLY a closed filtration system. a little extra water shouldn't make that much difference.
    what about when you get 4wd pull in and clean underneath the car with degreaser.
    He should have asked that would have been a polite thing to do.
     
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    Trust me they will drop the charges or lower it to a misdemeanor. Every carpet cleaner hear that runs a Tm has had to dump thier water somewhere other than a sanitary sewer at one point, and if they said otherwise I would not believe them. The kid made a mistake and if winds up with a felony on his record I would be shocked.

    Funny story about a carwash owner, It was at a gas station and i purchased the car wash at the pump. Now my white van was way past time for a good cleaning and I knew the car wash could not do the job so as the gas pumped I sprayed my van down with my citrus pre spray(this works wonders with the car wash). The owner came out and asked what i was doing so i told him, He said "no way you are going through my wash with that chemical all over your van" I said "you are kidding right?", Well he wasnt and I got my money back and moved on. I was not mad because it was his car wash even though i doubt it would have hurt anything.
     
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    I was thinking that..wasn't sure if all did..
     
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    I hear you but it doesn't matter. The carpet cleaner doesn't have that right to dump without permission.
     
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    so, let me get this straight. If you have a filtered system, you're only dumping water. How is that water any worse that the gunk and nasties getting washed off the car?
     
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    This story is a testament to the value of a APO. APOs eliminate all the hassle of looking over your shoulder like some kind of criminal when dumping 100 gallons of "funkenswill" on private property.
     
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    So out of curiousity, where the hell are you supposed to dump? I usually look for a sewer, when out on a job, but sometimes, it's not there. At the end of the day, there's a pipe back at the shop we've installed that goes to the sewer.

    One apartment complex that we do resto's for (they have an inhouse truck and TM) won't let us dump on-site. Apparently they had to clear their own dumping in a particular spot with the municipality, based on the specific chemicals they used, and so forth. Is there an end-all authority on this that can be referenced?
     
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    Boogers.
     
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    It is not any worse but there is a lot of lint and junk in the water if it is not filtered...
    And the car wash was paid to deal with the gunk and the nasties getting washed off the cars, not the truckmount water.
     
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    Thats harsh what a bunch of BS "A SUSPICIOUS LOOKING VAN" only because he didnt pump money into my machine, But I guess it shouldnt be the car wash owner problem to accept our wonderful smelling water... I wonder if it woulda been different if he had spent 10 bucks detailing his van first?
     
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    Install a pump out on your waste tank to pump down a toilet, sewer, wherever.

    Take to an RV place to dump water.
     
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    Maybe we should route the dump hose through the floor ..Open the valve a little bit and head 2 the next job !!!!:cool:
     
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