Sewer response teams kitted out with bespoke vehicles

05 May 2020
New mini jet vac

New wheels

The new jet vac combination units will make clearing drainage chokes quicker and more efficient.

Four new bespoke vehicles are set to make clearing drainage chokes quicker and more efficient for Scottish Water teams who are continuing to operate in remote locations across the Highlands and Orkney during the coronavirus lockdown. 

The 7.5t RioCom jet vac combination units, which were specifically designed with Scottish Water’s input, have now been delivered to sewer response teams based in Inverness and the Orkney Islands and will remove the need for both a jetting van and a vactor to respond to drainage incidents. 

The smaller size and light weight build of the vehicles mean they are able to access areas where a larger vacuum vehicle would struggle, and also have powerful lights along both sides of the vehicle to help highlight the working area when needed. 
Scottish Water Sewer Response Team Leader for the Inverness area, Tammy Jones, said: “We cover a large geographical area and the new units will allow us to work more efficiently. Whereas before we needed to rely on the availability of a 25t tanker to perform suction work, the new units will be able to carry out both jetting and suction work with a single visit. 

“It’s a really good bit of kit and will enable the team to do more and provide better customer service.” 

Kenneth Kentley, Fleet Specification Engineer for Scottish Water, said: “These units offer so many more options in a single unit and will help massively in our ability to deliver for our customers. 

“As a company, we’re very much focused on the environment and our vehicles are the public face of that - by reducing the number and size of vehicles having to attend incidents in this area, these new units will also help us reduce our carbon impact.” 

David Gordon, Director of Rioned’s Glasgow-based agent Scotjet, said: “These combis were specifically designed for Scottish Water by Rioned and are ideal for use in this region because of the size, specification and ease of maintenance.”