Do I need clean or drinking water?

Do I need clean or drinking water?

This is a question we hear a lot, so we believe a little explanation is in order.

Tardis H2O tankers are equipped to deliver clean or quality assured drinking water, but what’s the difference?

Well, in the actual payload, very little. Both are drawn from licensed local authority hydrants, but the difference is in the preparation of the fittings and vessels used for transporting and storing the payload.

To answer the question on which variant you need, answer a few questions first.

Do we need to drink it or is the water for hand washing, toilet flushing and other non-drinking purposes?

If you aren’t drinking it, order clean bulk water.

Even though the intent is not drinking, as we said, we draw from local authority hydrants with licensed standpipes. Fittings and hoses are sanitised on filling of the tanker and the delivery into the vessels for storage, preserving the quality of the water that is drawn from the network.

When it comes to drinking water, there’s quite a lot goes on before our client takes delivery.

Tankers are thoroughly treated prior to filling that’s the holding tank as well as the hoses and fittings.

If Tardis are supplying the receiving storage vessel. which can be a towable bowser or static tank, these too are thoroughly cleansed prior to delivery and a seal attached. This must be unbroken when the tanker arrives to fill the vessel.

Drinking water and the storage of same, is regulated by an international standard BS 8551:2015.

For example, even following the procedures mentioned above, the integrity of drinking water must be monitored. This kicks in 48 hours after delivery when testing of the water must be carried out to check for any instance of e coli which can multiply in water stores in uncontrolled conditions.

If you are providing water for people to drink, then responsibility for following these procedures is yours.

Tardis H2O however, can provide on site testing for E coli and a host of other water borne conditions with results verified by UKAS approved laboratories if required.

From our experience, construction uses clean water and where drinking water is concerned, provision is made using bottled water by the pallet or by use of drinking water dispensers, both of which Tardis H2O supplies. In both cases, you are spared the storage worry and testing regime keeping bulk drinking water dictates.

Event organisers tend to opt for bottled drinking by the pallet, as this provides an instant solutionĀ for lots of thirsty possibly dehydrated people. Bottles are sealed at the point of supply, preserving the contents.


To summarise.

If you don’t need to drink it, order clean water. If you do, be mindful of the post delivery regulations on storage, there to protect those who are drinking stored water.

Clean water is fined for hand washing, toilet flushing and for showering, though testing is recommended after 7 days of uncontrolled storage.

Bottled Water / Water Cooler Hire

If you do have people to provide drinking water for, consider the bottled water option or water cooler, depending on the perceived demand.