You can save money on your taxes when you purchase equipment by taking advantage of Section 179 of the IRS tax code. Section 179 allows business taxpayers to deduct the cost of certain property as an expense when the property is placed in service. It does not have to be depreciated out over several years. The Section 179 deduction applies to tangible personal property such as machinery and equipment purchased or leased for use in a trade or business, and if the taxpayer elects, qualified real property.
For tax years beginning after 2017, the TCJA increased the maximum Section 179 expense deduction from $500,000 to $1 million. The phase-out limit increased from $2 million to $2.5 million. These amounts are indexed for inflation for tax years beginning after 2018. For more information, see
At WashbaySolutions.com, we are committed to helping our customers achieve their environmental goals and enhance their “Green” image by reducing waste and pollutants and conserving resources.
There are many “Green” benefits than can be derived from the use of efficient wash and reclaim systems. In many places, drought conditions have made water scarce and ultimately more valuable. Using lower volume washing systems and reclaiming and reusing water are extremely beneficial for the environment because it saves of large quantities of water. It also helps businesses feel more secure in that they can continue operating even under drought-imposed water restrictions.
Going “Green” is most successful when there are also good business incentives to do so – in other words, when there are significant cost savings while encouraging positive environmental stewardship.
Overall, lower water usage and recycling makes a great deal of sense since it helps to minimize environmental liability, enhance the company’s image as a responsible corporate citizen and produce significant cost savings.
In many washing applications, solids are a main component of the washing process. Heavy solids such as rocks and muck are often washed off and fall onto the wash pad where they can be easily removed. Other, finer settleable and suspended solids, however, often become entrained in the oily wash wastewater. Separating these settleable or suspended solids from the oily wash water is critical so that they do not clog the separator media and interfere with the oil water separation process.
To insure our oil water separators work well in a high solids environment without clogging, we have introduced a new coalescing media with a corrugated, cross-flow design.
This new media design is both unique and simple. As the water enters the separator, the flow is directed evenly across the surface of the media plates. The solids are captured and fall to the trough area of the corrugated plates below and the oils rise and stick to the trough area of the plates above. This design maintains laminar flow throughout the media so the oil and solids do not remix. Since the plates are smooth, the solids slide down the corrugated plates to the hopper area where they can be easily removed. Separated oil flows upwards along the plates to the top of the separator where it can be removed.
By coupling high efficiency separation with easy maintenance, this new media will ensure your oil water separator
operates at peak performance for years to come.
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The new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final under the FNA Docket Number: FDA-2013-N-0013.
The goal of this rule is to protect foods by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation.
The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers in the United States involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.
It also applies to shippers in other countries who ship food to the United States directly by motor, rail, ship or air, and arrange for the transfer of the intact container onto a motor or rail vehicle for transportation within the U.S., if that food will be consumed or distributed in the United States.
For more information, please see:
FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
At Wash Bay Solutions, we have designed a pumping package for grocery and food shippers and distribution centers to comply with the new FSMA. We combined a high-pressure VFD-controlled pumping system with a high efficiency heating system to produce a sanitary washing package that will ensure compliance with the new rule.
The VFD system offers substantial operational flexibility since the system will only utilize the power (speed of motor and pump) to match the output demands. For example: A 20 gpm system, set up for 5 users at 4 gpm each. If there is only one user on the system outputting 5 gpm, the motor/pump will only turn at 1/5” speed to meet that demand.
Our sanitary washing packages come complete with hose, guns and reels and can be custom-engineered to meet your requirements for flow rates, pressures and water temperatures. To learn more about our high pressure clean system products, please click here:
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Back in the day… oil water separators were basically concrete vaults or steel tanks that were sized based on their total holding capacity. This holding capacity was related to the retention time needed to separate the oil from the water. Most cities and counties would size the oil water separators based solely on the square footage of area draining into the separator. This method, which rightfully erred on the side of caution, often tended to require facility owners to purchase extremely large separators.
Today… our oil water separators are engineered with multiple compartments and equipped with extremely efficient coalescing media to separate the oil from the water mixture in a much smaller system! Our media is capable of removing essentially all free and dispersed non-emulsified oils to an effluent concentration of less than 5 ppm. We now size our separators based mostly on oil viscosity and flow rate so they can be much smaller than they were in the past.
If needed, we can provide information and analysis to the regulatory agencies, which indicates that, at the calculated overflow rate, the separator will be properly sized and provided with the required square feet of projected plate separation area to achieve the specified performance under laminar flow conditions. Calculations shall take into account the rate of flow, potential surge flow, influent concentrations, particle characteristics, fluid temperature, fluid specific gravities, and PH.
We offer a complete line of high efficiency, stainless steel above ground oil water separators that will remove nearly all free and dispersed non-emulsified oil and settleable solids from the waste stream.
The SPT Series Integrated Pretreatment Systems integrate an oil water separator with a clarifier to remove both floating oils and settleable solids.
A major engineering firm contacted us to help them develop a complete wash bay system for C-130 aircraft. To accommodate both the military’s washing specifications and maximize the washing process, we helped design a very effective aircraft washing system with a combination of foaming, washing and rinsing equipment.
When the foaming process is desired, the operator moves a portable foamer to the desired location near the aircraft. After selecting either hot or cold water for the foamer from the remote switch at the reel, the operator can spray thick foam up to a height of approximately 40 feet to reach the highest point on the aircraft.
For washing and rinsing the aircraft, the operator will use either the pressure washer or water cannon on either side of the aircraft and select either hot or cold water. They can be used separately or at the same time, and use either hot or cold water independently of the other.
All of the hose reel systems include remote control capabilities, and the system can be programmed to permit a combination of foaming, washing or rinsing to occur at any one time.
All of the wastewater from the foaming, washing and rinsing operations will be treated by a closed loop wash water reclaim system. The reclaim system will filter and disinfect the water, and store the clean, recycled water so that it is available for use for all washing, rinsing, and foaming applications as desired.
The recycling system includes a fresh water bypass manifold system that enables the operator to manually switch the entire system over to fresh water if necessary or desired. It also automatically replenishes itself to maintain a minimum volume of water to make up for any losses to the system from evaporation or carry-off.
A stainless steel evaporator is included in the system design to serve two functions: elimination of excess water accumulation in the overall system and to periodically dispose of water in the system to allow for fresh water addition to maintain optimum water quality. Both of these functions are programmed to automatically occur, and can be adjusted to meet the preferences of the system operator.
California is now entering its fourth year of drought. State and local authorities have asked residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. Various water managers estimate that available water will last for a year or at the most three.
While at present the authorities have asked for a voluntary reduction in water use, this is likely to be followed soon by price rationing where households that consume more than 150 gallons of water a day will be charged a higher rate. Apart from residents, industries and businesses too have to work to reduce water usage to help overcome the drought and reduce their water bills or keep them under manageable levels.
One of the most effective ways of reducing water consumption is by recycling waste water. This helps reduce effluent discharge and ensures that the same water is reused. Many industries such as trucking, fork lift operators, rail operators, car wash units, and others use water for washing the vehicles. This is part of maintenance and ensures a professional image, happy and health drivers, and clean transportation facilities. However, the amount of water used can be high. By recycling the waste water, the businesses can reduce their water consumption and their water bills.
Commercial trucking companies can install the CT Series wash water systems to recycle and reuse the waste water. The system removes settle-able solids and non-emulsified oil droplets before filtering the water to make it reusable. The multi-stage reclaim and discharge process begins with a solid removal process. This system can be designed to be “site specific” – taking into account the specific features of the site.
A stainless steel oil and water separation system is used to remove non emulsified oil drops from the water as well as settle-able solids. Once this is done, the water is passed through a highly efficient water filtration process that uses corona and activated carbon to purify the water. This removes all contaminants that are larger than 10 microns in size including volatile organic compounds, waxes, and oils.
Another efficient method of transportation is by rail. A rail company that wants to reduce its water usage and still keep its carriages clean can do so by installing the RL Series Treatment Systems. These systems have been developed especially for the railways. They can be combined with existing rail wash systems to ensure that the water use is significantly reduced.
First, the wash water is passed through a stainless steel clarifier oil water separator that removes settle-able solids, and separates the oil and water. All suspended solids are removed at this stage as well as free and dispersed non emulsified oil. Next, the water is passed through a solids filtration system that uses blended activated carbon. This process will remove waxes, volatile organic compounds, and all particles greater than 10 microns in size, ensuring water that can be reused for washing the railway carriages.
Our revolutionary demucking/recycle systems only use 20 gpm of recycled water to effectively remove heavy accumulations of dirt, sand, and mud. Compared to other “water cannon” systems on the market at 150 gpm, the DM-1000 has the potential to save you hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per year!
Choosing the right oil water separator can seem daunting. Just as not all applications are alike, not all separators are made alike. Customers should understand a few important points to make sure they’re getting what they pay for.