Last updated June 01, 2018

As the world population grows, many municipalities are recognizing the need to maximize potential use of non-potable reclaimed water.

To encourage green practices and conserve drinking water, non-potable reclaimed water can be sold at a much lower cost than drinking water.

Over the years it has become common for reclaimed water to be used in the areas of agriculture, industry and mining.

However, because of limited drinking water supplies, many cities are trying to educate their population to maximize daily use of reclaimed water and thus conserve drinking water supplies.

Cities can sell non-potable reclaimed water to be used for things like watering yards, washing cars, street cleaning, and construction uses.

As the general population becomes more used to using reclaimed water, secure bulk water dispensing stations are becoming more and more common. As more dispensing stations appear, there will be a need for more and more water trucks.

Water trucks appear to be very basic. At first glance, you only have to have a tank with some type of a lid or fill pipe, and a control valve to release the water.

In reality, a water truck is a very hi-tech piece of equipment which needs to be built and maintained to exacting standards in order to minimize leaks.

Start watching for water trucks near construction sites as you travel to and from work. You’ll notice that quite a few of them leak. Most of them leak a lot.

You don’t want that to happen to you.

Water control valves have to be crafted to very exact standards to prevent leaks. They have gaskets and o rings and other features specifically crafted to prevent leaks.

However, the truck hauling water is often seen as being of low importance, and proper cleaning and maintenance isn’t performed.

Basic maintenance is not that time-consuming.

Here is a list of the minimum daily checks which should be performed on your water truck:

  • If applicable, check water tank mounting bolts
  • Check for water leaks
  • Listen for air leaks as you move around the truck
  • Rinse the truck daily to help avoid dust and dirt getting into your valves

Then there are more in-depth maintenance checks to be performed at longer intervals, depending on the type of equipment you are using.

The manufacturer of your water control valves can suggest a preferred maintenance control schedule for the specific equipment you purchase.

Understanding the Basics

It may be helpful for you to see the specific components that can be put together to make up water control valves.

For an understanding of some of the basic components involved in operating water control valves on water trucks, take a look at this video by Process Systems.

In summary, reclaimed water is both a new stream of revenue and a method of cutting costs for municipalities and private industry, and a low-cost new resource for consumers.

Make sure you have a good understanding of the issues.

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