Wash bay design mistake

Don’t Make this Wash Bay Design Mistake

An all too common wash bay design mistake I was recently working at an oil field service company in Houston and needed to walk out in the wash bay. It was a brand new wash bay, everything looked great. But I couldn’t believe it, the floor was slippery as an ice rink. I could barely walk across the floor. The construction contractor had put a smooth polished concrete finish on the wash bay floor. Add water, soap and the grease from the parts being washed and the floor turned into a slippery mess. The entire wash bay was a gigantic ... » Read More

SPCC Plan Checklist for Bulk Oil Storage Facilities

The following check list should be used to determine if your existing SPCC Plan is in compliance and if the FRP requirements for bulk storage facilities is being met. For general information on SPCC plans and requirements — click here. Download and print this checklist in PDF format — click here. SPCC Plan Checklist for Bulk Oil Storage Facilities I. Operator and Owner Addresses and phone Nos. correctly listed. II. Day-to-day Operations and Facility Background described in adequate detail. III. Receiving Water/Probable Flow Paths (e.g., facility storm drain, street storm drain, storm water outfall, overland to river or stream, flood ... » Read More

Wash Bay Odor Problems?

Does the water in your wash bay have a strong offensive odor? Is it especially noticeable after a period of inactivity such as Monday morning? What causes Wash bay Odor problems? Odor is usually from bacteria in the water under what is called anaerobic conditions (no oxygen). When those conditions exist the anaerobic bacteria produce Hydrogen Sulfide gas, and that gas smells like rotten eggs. This is usually most notable in the summer time when its warm or after a weekend when the water sits and becomes stagnate. How Do I Control Wash Bay Odor Problems? Manual Odor Controls: Visit your ... » Read More

Selecting the Right Wash Bay Wastewater Treatment Equipment

Getting Started First review your local city and county regulations for the limits set on fat, oil, and grease that can be discharged. Take a sample of your wastewater and have it analyzed for the list of parameters in your local sewer regulations. Compare your sample results with the local limits, you may not need any treatment at all. Keep your analytical data on hand just in case you need it and resample annually or at the frequency required in your local regulations. Wastewater that doesn’t meet your local limits for fat, oil, grease or any other parameter cannot be ... » Read More