What are water trucks used for?
Water trucks – specialized vehicles equipped with large tanks in the rear for transporting water and controlled spray nozzles for distributing it – are a familiar sight in a variety of sectors such as civil construction, mining, farming and fire control.
The advantages they offer by transporting and disbursing both potable and recycled water can be put to a variety of uses too, and we will discuss them below so you can see how the addition of a water truck can actually improve operations in your own business.
# 1: Dust Control
Construction and mining sites kick up a lot of dust that would impede progress without water trucks with 2,000-4,000-gallon tanks that tamp down dust very efficiently by following a grading equipment that is leveling and preparing soil for work.
Dusty jobsites not only slow down work but increase health risks such as eye and lung irritation, bronchitis, asthma and heart disease, and by dampening dust, water trucks remove them from the air that miners and construction workers are breathing.
# 2: Firefighting
Water trucks are especially useful in remote, rural areas where there are no fire hydrants to help put out fires. These trucks transport water needed by firefighters to not only control fires but dampening fire-prone areas that are likely to be consumed in the blaze.
# 3: Soil Compaction
Soil must be compacted to create a flat, even ground at construction sites so that buildings, roads, bridges etc. can be built safely. When soil is compacted with heavyweight compacting tools like rollers, rammers and vibratory plates, the air component is removed from the soil while keeping the water content intact.
Too much water will make the ground sludgy and unstable. Too little water will not let the dry soil particles adhere to each other either. Water trucks not only provide a portable and ready water source at construction sites, they also provide just the right amount of liquid to maintain good water to soil ratio to create strong and stable compaction.
# 4: Farming
The agricultural sector in the United States started using water trucks during the severe drought that was experienced throughout the Midwest and West Coast of the country between 2011-2016.
When rains fail, these trucks carry recycled water to affected farmlands so irrigation can continue, and both crops and livestock can be saved.
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