Waste water recovery & recycle options


What are my options?


What are you washing?


I would like to be set up to do commercial flat work where water recovery is required. Tim I’m only a few minuets from your location, thinking I’ll touch bases with you tomorrow. Will you be at the shop?


Wow where do you start. The very least some oil socks and maybe some sand bags to redirect wash water all the way to full reclamation systems that can run into the many thousands of dollars.

There isn’t a one system fits all types of applications so you need to know the following: What exactly do you “need” the water recovery system for, What type of spending budget do you have at your disposal, and what type of equipment do you have now just to name a few things that come to mind.

Another words more info is needed.


Sure, give me a call. We’ll drink coffee. I’ll buy.

What are you doing in these parts?


I have been curious about this too! I don’t think we are legally mandated to do this yet here in NYC. Or maybe we are, but nobody has been doing it=) I thought it would differentiate us from the competition, but of course the costs will balloon on me. Besides price, how much longer in your opinion/experience does it take you to do each job?


you can make water tank in your garden.


Technically yes as long as your filtering out sludge and other garbage you maybe sucking up.


Has anyone tried any of the Shop Vacs with pumps in the to redirect the water back onto the landscape. I believe they pump 6 GPM.

I like the Hydrotek Vac for around $1000, but would like to find a less expensive option to get rolling until I can justify something more expensive.

I would ultimately love to have the Hydrotek AV55 and reuse the water after it is filtered but that unit is about $2500.00

I know that with the regulations in my city that I need something to catch the water when I am doing driveways and to redirect it back to landscape.


I have plans I can share for building your own build

The project would cost about $500 and a half day’s work. They are pretty reliable and can handle one pw per vac. Very light and mobile as well


Do you have pictures of it?


I built 2 shop vacs that I Installed a pump to pump out the water when the tank started to fill. It’s not hard to do this but in my case since we stepped up our game in the reclaiming world we had to buy a rock solid system which was this Diesel Powered Fury 2400 DTL/DHTL

When dealing with many thousands of gallons like we do at times, the real deal Equipment made by the manufactorures is what you will need to make the most money for the job at hand when it comes to reclaiming mass amount of wash water.


That looks like a great system John.
I completely agree. The little ridgid pumpout builds are great for certain small uses such as some small commercial where there isn’t much volume or much pre filtration is needed. They have their faults but I would encourage them in any fleet for backups and smaller less environmentally sensitive jobs. You can’t show up to a $10,000 job with those little vacs and feel good about it.

John, have you run across guys using the semi trash water pumps as a reliable pumpout method when hauling away thousands of gallons on a tanker?


Hey Kris-- yes I seen people use the trash water pumps to move the giant ponds that are created when doing garages. We also in the past with another contractor used a trash water pump ourselves.

The difference here is what we do and what we deal with which is sludge and in some cases tons of it. We use sump pumps to move water around but I also needed a strong vacuum to pick up the muck which is the sludge along with some of the wash water. We filter it and capture the sludge which we dump.

I haven’t ran across yet with all the restrictions that let’s say California has but sludge going down any drain is a no no. I also never did a job that was in the 6 figures yet but the more you can comply with some of these wild RFP’s the better chance you have in getting these higher paying jobs which is my goal more and more every year---- SHOW ME THE MONEY:D


Holy crap! That thing is EXPENSIVE! You seriously bought one? Wouldn’t separate units be a lot less costly and when it requires maintenance you are out two machines rather than one? I know you do a TON of flat work and are a lot smater than me but that just seems like the ROI would be hard to reach. But then again I haven’t priced a reclaim that would suffice for the amount of work you do. Educate me! LOL


Hi Kris, if you’re sharing plans for a DIY water reclaim system, I’d love to check them out. I’m thinking about building one this month. Thanks.


Hey Aritt–I bought this this vac setup from another Contractor I know from Texas. I paid about 10 grand which includes the shipping to my shop. Included in that price was the 2400 Fury DHTL which has a 50+ HP Nissan engine, The Burner, A hydrotek reclaim surface machine, Sludge tank, the Vacuum Hose real and about 200’ of Vac hose.

Because that Contractor gave me such a reasonable deal that we agreed on I gave our fellow PWRA member Tim Fields a very reasonable deal on the Hot water Mi-TM Powerwasher I sold him. Its stuff like this where us contactors take care of each other if we can.

I think Tim Fields who may see this post can attest to this.


John, are you able to re-use your water or are you discharging?


No I don’t us a close loop system where I can re-use the water. Maybe in the future but for now I’m not really setup for that.


So how do you make a shop vac reclaim water?

Wouldn’t the vac fill up with water pretty quickly, then you would have to dump it somewhere?

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