Thames Water tanker has all-terrain access


June 27, 2019 – Thames Water has got itself an 8×8 all-terrain jet vac tanker to keep its sewers flowing.

The JHL recycling jet vac tanker is being used by Thames Water to access remote sewers and culverts across the most difficult terrain – helping to prevent pollutions in more isolated locations.

With enhanced ground clearance and eight-wheel drive, this Mercedes Arocs vehicle can cross muddy fields to access the remotest sewer blockage. It recently crossed 1km of churned-up farm and construction land to carry out a large sewer clean in Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire.

Chris Wood, the vehicle’s main driver, said: “This is an extraordinary piece of kit. It makes our off-road work much more productive and allows us to react more quickly to potential pollution incidents.

“Importantly, because I can drive right up to a manhole wherever it is, and vacuum blockage material from the sewer, we don’t have to send in a confined space team which is a major safety boost.

“There hasn’t been a project yet where we haven’t felt confident that we can reach an off-road sewer. Even when we’ve been axle-deep in mud, it has kept on going.”



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