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First Flush – BMP Containment

As the rainy season premiers, we once again have to consider how it will affect our businesses and personal lives.

Businesses must take special precautions to prevent contamination from overflow. Overflow happens when land and man made structures fill up with rain water and then overflow into the surrounding areas. “First Flush” as it is called, is the most important time of the rainy season because it’s when the highest levels of contaminants are present in any given situation due to the lack of rain. The heavy metals, oils and greases found in a lot of man made structures can contaminate the surrounding area if not properly contained and disposed of.

It is important to cover up exposed areas like the ones described above or move them inside. For raw land, create a drainage system for channeling overflow water and directing it to a safe area.

Cleaning and keeping clean areas of potential contamination build-up with dramatically help reduce the risk of overflowing contaminated water.

When dealing with storm drains, it is important to assess each drain location individually becuase where some drains might benifit from a simple filter, others might need to be blocked off completely to prevent heavy loads of contamination. Conventional “witch hats” are cheap but without constant maintenance, can actually make matters worse if they get too heavy with dirt and clog, they can collapse into the storm drain. Witch hats also prevent sampling by inspectors. The best solution for this is the Triton Storm Drain Insert. It has a heavy duty cylindrical filter which is hollow and allows for sampling with ease. Below is a picture of a witch hat along side a Triton Storm Drain Insert.

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Following these simple tips and tricks can help any business and/or private residence prevent our local water from being contaminated.

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Post Fire Clean Up – Porta-Pad

Flames and smoke from a wildlife fill the sky bedhind a Southern California Subdivision. A recent southern california brush fire burning extremely close to homes.

Wildfires have been a ruthless foe over recent years in California. They can level buildings and homes and leave entire towns in ruins.

One of the hardest parts about a wildfire is dealing with the clean-up afterwards. Fire debris can easily contaminate the environment not because of burnt trees, shrubs and grass but because of the destruction of man made items. Cars, when destroyed by fire, can leave behind heavy metals, oils, greases, sharp objects, glass, paint, rubber, etc. that have to be contained, cleaned up and removed before they can harm wildlife or be absorbed into the ground and pollute nearby streams and creeks.

The debris from houses and buildings can be especially devastating to the environment because building materials used to make it and items inside a residence or business can bring endless possibilities for potential contaminants.

The very equipment used to clean the fire could be harmful if not decontaminated properly. Firetrucks, axes, fire hoses and other equipment can pick up harmful debris and transfer them from one site to another because the crew is following wherever the fire goes.

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One way to help in the clean-up of post fire torn areas is containing hazardous material and disposing of it properly. The Porta-Pad can do just that by providing a safe, durable, cost effective pad for cleaning vehicles and equipment and dumping/sifting through debris. Ask US Hydrotech for more information about how the Porta-Pad can help with post fire clean-up.

Water Inspector “Red Flags” – How to Avoid Them

Water quality inspectors have the job of visiting local businesses and evaluating how they use water and to help those businesses use water more efficiently. Unfortunately, sometimes there is an obvious disregard displayed for any sort of water conservation and that business could receive a harsh penalty if not properly addressed.

The best thing a company can do is consistent review of their best management practices (BMP’s) to identify new areas of improvement in an ever changing environment.

The following are some tips and tricks to help prepare for the inevitable visit from your local water quality inspector.

Don’t have employees wash without some sort of containment:


Never let wash water run to the storm drain:


Cheap felt storm drain inserts, sometimes called “witch hats” from their appearance placed upside down in a storm drain can fill up quickly and then have to be cut in order to remove, thus spilling all the contaminated particles directly into the storm drain:


Agricultural nutrients can be very harmful if not contained in proper spill-proof pallets:


Even if there is a working wash bay, water can still escape to flow freely to the lowest spot as shown here:


These are just a few of the tell tail signs that water is being contaminated. Knowing these “red flags” will help better prepare for an unannounced visit from a water quality control inspector.

Mi-T-M Pressure Washer Accessories – From US Hydrotech

Mi-T-M pressure washers are the staple of the pressure washer industry. They are built to last through the most labor intensive jobs and now Mi-T-M has made it a whole lot easier to get the job done.

There are many accessories that can be attached to a Mi-T-M pressure washer to help do the job better, quicker and with less effort. A few of them have been listed below.

Floor Scrubbers:

Floor Scrubber

Clean larger surfaces faster and easier than with a standard cleaning nozzle. The Mi-T-M surface cleaners are equipped with strong-bristled brushes for long life and easy glide control. This cleaning accessory can be used on decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, parking lots and any other horizontal surface.

Extended Reach Wands:

Extended Reach Wand

Clean hard to reach places by using extended reach wands. Can be used on siding, house eaves, farm equipment, semi-tractor trailers and multi-story buildings.
Telescoping wand belts holds telescoping wands, reduces fatigue and strain. Provides better operator control, optimizing cleaning performance.

-Works with AW-7018 and AW-7017 telescoping wands
-Includes three plastic snap-on clips that snaps to your shoulder, waist and the wand

  • Fiberglass wands
  • Aluminum wands

Power Brushes & Water Brooms:

Rotating BrushWater Broom

The rotating brush offers low pressure rotation for hard to remove debris on sensitive surfaces. Can be used on painted surfaces, fiberglass, wood or brick.

-Natural hair bristles
-Quick connect
-Adjustable angle
-3.0 to 6.0-GPM flow rate
-176°F temperature rating
-Can be used with low pressure detergent injector

Gutter Cleaners:

Gutter Cleaner

The gutter cleaner turns your want into an efficient rain gutter cleaner. Clean your gutters from the ground and blow out dirt, grime, leaves and anything else that may be stuck inside the gutters.

-4000-PSI maximum pressure
-1/4-inch quick connect socket outlet and plug inlet
-Fits all gasoline pressure washers



Porta-Pad: Whats New!

We are always trying to improve on our technology, making it more efficient, safer and easier to use. Lately we have been turning our focus to our bread and butter, the Porta-Pad. We have made some significant upgrades that include longer and lower ramps for easier entry and exit, pump guards to prolong the life of your pump and geo-liner material for under the Porta-Pad that protect it from the ground and from moving around. Check out one of our latest installs and visit our website for more information!

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Lakes On the Rise

The results of El Nino were somewhat disappointing because it was supposed toproduce an exceptional rainfall year when all it did was produce a somewhat “normal” rainfall year.

Lake levels are on the steady rise due to recent rain fall. According to, we are on track for a steady rise in most lakes. Folsom lake is at 85%, Lake Mendocino is at 70%, Lake Oroville is at 96%, Shasta is at 93% and Whiskeytown and Lewiston are almost full at 98% and 97% capacity respectively.

As we all breath a sigh of relief for the time being, this is all but a drop in the bucket for staving off the drought coming into the summer months. The aqua-ducts deep within the ground below us are still quenched for thirst. A couple of good rain storms may look promising from the top, but underneath us, it’s still very dry and will take much longer for our water table to rise back up.

Saving water is still more important than it ever has been. Some easy ways to conserve is putting timers in the shower with you that buzz when you have taken too long, put a bucket under the faucet while waiting for hot water to come through and then use that water to water plants. Plant low-water-usage shrubs and trees and install a drip system.

This coming year is going to be a tough one and if everyone does one thing to help conserve water per day, that will make a big difference for the community.

Invasive Species: How US Hydrotech is Changing the Game

Invasive species are an old foe that is showing it’s ugly head once again and the human race is left to deal with the aftermath of this wake of destruction.

This destruction takes many forms, the most familiar and often unchecked are plants that crowd rivers and lakes diverting and sometimes preventing water flow.

Some well-known examples which are becoming more common are Quagga and Zebra mussels. They attach themselves to watercraft so they can populate in a new water source and are very difficult to remove once they have established themselves.


Some animals on the larger size of the food chain can also be an invasive species to be aware of. Snake head fish kill for the sake of killing and will decimate an eco-system without mercy.

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US Hydrotech has a solution to all these invasive species issues. The Porta-Pad is the fastest, easiest and most affordable solution to wash, contain and dispose of contaminated wash water effectively. It is a fantastic alternative to permanent wash pads and can be set-up and packed away by 1-2 people. Contact US Hydrotech for more information:

Porta-Pad Invasive Species

Pressure Washer Applications – Think Outside the Box!

When it comes to pressure washers, most people think of washing cars, equipment or buildings. In reality, there are hundreds of uses for pressure washers that most people don’t realized exist. By “thinking outside the box”, a single pressure washer can be used for multiple applications in order to save water, money and time.

Heavy equipment/truck washing is probably one of the first applications people think about. With the right tip, a pressure washer can cut through tough mud, oil and grease to clean up even the messiest jobs.

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If the job isn’t that messy but is still a large vehicle like a fire truck, a pressure washer will reduce the amount of water and time dramatically while producing a spotless professional result. The last thing a firefighter should worry about is how long it’s going to take them to wash a fire truck.

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Pressure washers are a fantastic tool used around the home as well. Pressure washers can clean years of dirt, grime and paint layers from a deck in no time with little effort!

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Anyone who takes pride in their recreational vehicles knows that a good wash is vital to keeping them looking pristine. A pressure washer with a specific tip, is perfect for watercraft washing and won’t harm the gel coat.

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Classic cars are a staple of the American Dream. A pressure washer can keep that Shelby GT Mustang looking fantastic in the show or on the road and won’t harm the paint.

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Pressure washers are a fast, easy and affordable way to reduce water usage and increase production time. Contact US Hydrotech for more information on the full line of commercial, industrial, agricultural and at-home Mi-T-M pressure washers.

State of California Mandatory 25% Water Reduction: Easy Ways to Get Started

By now we’ve all heard of the mandatory 25% water reduction that was put in place recently by Governor Brown to help curb the inevitable truth that the state is running out of water faster than it can replenish it. With the little rain we’ve had this season, it’s hard to imagine how we’ll dig ourselves out of this pickle but there are simple solutions that residents and small business owners can implement now that will dramatically help the individual and the overall community to save a gallon here and there.


– Install low flow aeration devices on all faucets and sprinklers to minimize excess water.

– Tightening the nut on water faucet.

– Use a simple hour glass shower timer.

– Reduce watering times for gardens and lawns to shorter time lengths, more frequently to let water soak in and not run off.

– For businesses, install low flow toilets and no flush urinals.

– Use a pressure washer whenever possible to dramatically decrease water usage.

– Change filters on air conditioners.

– Change ice machine filters.

– Use a greywater filter on washing machines to divert water to plants and shrubs.

– Use a broom to sweep up loose dirt instead of washing away with water

Using these simple solutions along with plenty more will help save thousands of gallons of water per year that would otherwise be wasted. If you have any other suggestions on how to reduce water, please feel free to comment below 🙂





Don’t Be A Water Hog!


California has just issued a new report that states it only has a year left of water before it dries up. This is an especially frightening fact for businesses that use water on a daily basis as part of their operations.

There are a few simple ways to curb the overuse of water and reduce water use 4 times, 8 times, even 10 times the normal rate. One such solution is a pressure washer. Pressure washers reduce water by pressurizing it, then discharging it through specially designed wands and tips that produce different types of spray that fit in line with whatever the job may be.

For example, a standard garden hose discharges water at an average rate of 10 gallons per minute. Lets say that a business uses the hose water for 5 minutes per application, five times a day. That’s 250 gallons per day of water use. Using simple math, one can determine that a business can use easily 65,000 gallons of water per year. Now using the same starting point, compared with a pressure washer, the results are dramatically different. A standard pressure washer uses about 3.5 gallons of water per minute. The pressured water cuts the work time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes (conservatively) but still washing the same amount of times, five. That’s 52.5 gallons of water per day. Using the same calculations we come to a total water use of 13,650 gallons of water used per year.

What this boils down to is how productive a business is and what steps are they taking to increase productivity while reducing costs. If a company wanted to use 65,000 gallons of water per year, that’s fine, but if they used a pressure washer, they would increase their productivity in using that water exponentially.