Somerset company Chard Truck Services and its subsidiary Water2U has been helping to keep the Hinkley Point C (HPC) site supplied with a fresh supply of water for cleaning and testing purposes.
The company has been tanker specialists since 1997 and operates a fleet of water tankers devoted to the Water2U service. All the water tanker drivers have National Water Hygiene training via EUSR (the Energy and Utility Skills Register) and vehicles can each carry between 15,000 and 27,000 litres.
At HPC, Chard Truck Services provides bulk water deliveries across the site where mains water is not available with the supplies used for drinking, washing and welfare facilities. They also carry out the scheduled on-site tank hygiene cleaning and swab testing services. All water supplied is drinkable as standard and is sourced from the company’s designated mains water supply at the Chard depot.
Chard Truck Services also has a team of skilled commercial vehicle technicians who are based in a comprehensively equipped workshop. Working to ensure the reliability and roadworthiness of both their own and other operators’ fleets and enabling the company to carry out vehicle recovery at HPC.
Brian Wheaton, Managing Director, said: “Chard Truck Services is extremely proud to be supplying Hinkley Point C, as a large-scale project in the South West. Operating alongside our existing contracts with water authorities, events and private schemes, the contract work at HPC is a strong addition to our portfolio.
We have been liaising with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Hinkley Supply Chain Team who have been very supportive and helpful.
They have given us a wealth of good advice and our exposure and networking potential has been maximised by our communications with the Hinkley Supply Chain Team.
Chard Truck Services has a diverse range of customers, from festivals and campsites, to agricultural businesses, civil engineering contracts and sports venues, and can also be called on in emergencies.
Over the years, Water2U has provided many hundreds of thousands of litres of potable water for major events such as the Knebworth Festival, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Devon Truck Show and Camp Bestival. During flash floods in Cheltenham, the company supplied potable water to parts of the city when floodwater caused drinking water supplies to be dangerously compromised by sewage.
Mr Wheaton added: “Chard Truck Services offers a variety of on-site services such as new installation support, welfare facility maintenance and drinkable water supply.
“We pride ourselves on being water specialists and can manufacture and cater for a wide variety of pipes, fittings, taps and outputs, including bespoke requirements.”
More information is available online at www.chardtruckservices.co.uk and www.water2u.uk.