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Flood annihilated by Megatron and Hydro Cleansing!

Flood annihilated by Megatron and Hydro Cleansing!


A life threatening flash flood was vacuumed up in 3 hours by Megatron, Europe’s largest vacuum tanker and the Hydro Cleansing fleet. They delivered an emergency solution to the flash flood in the underpass beside Wallington Station, where 3 cars were swamped by 2m of water on the 7th of June 2016.


1 month’s rainfall fell in 1 hour in a horrendous storm, the lightening from which started several fires across the South of London.  3 cars were trapped. One stalled, the next became trapped as the waters knocked out the engines. The third inexplicably drove into the flood water on purpose. One man was trapped in his car and had to be rescued by a passer-by breaking his car window with a brick, allowing him to get out and wade clear of the water bound car.7V7A0797

Immediately a bulk tanker was dispatched from Hydro Cleansing’s depot in Beddington Lane, Croydon with a police escort and arrived at the scene within an hour of the storm beginning. The three cars were submerged. The 13,000 litre bulk tanker began pumping out the water. 2 combination vacuum tankers followed to the site to remove more of the oil contaminated water. As those tankers left to tip the waste, Megatron, the largest vacuum tanker in Europe emblazoned with transformers graffiti fan art, arrived to clear the rest of the oily waste and empty the 60m soakaway. The bulk tanker returned to relieve Megatron of the waste. The engineers pushed the ruined cars off the road and finally one of Hydro Cleansing’s road sweepers cleared the oily silt from the road The road could then reopen 3 hours after the incident. The fleet of giant orange tankers fulfilled Megatron’s heroic reputation and also provided a neat and tidy end to this environmental thriller.

Megatron flood



This kind of flooding is becoming increasingly prevalent. It would be easy to dismiss this as a one off act of God but Paris remains submerged and the forecasts indicate that storms will continue to become more intense as global temperatures rise. “Warming temperatures can make the air hold more water – and that in turn could mean a greater chance for floods”, says Nigel Arnell at the University of Reading, UK. Russell Grattan, Commercial Director at Hydro Cleansing identified that the soakaway under the underpass did have some foliage blocking the flow of the drainage. This flash flood exposed infrastructure weak spots and highlights the need for thorough flood planning to be in place.

Festival Maintenance Saviours!

Bouncing up and down to your absolute favourite band is incredible until someone pees in the middle of the crowd because the toilets are more disgusting than the field of mud! Festival maintenance and cleaning are key to the fun not running out!


Festival toilets are unavoidable. From people having heart attacks to falling asleep to having sex in them, porta loos are frequently the saddest, oddest and most disgusting of places. Amid the joy and jubilation of festival time, the toilets require festival people to undergo a grim ordeal.

How can this be managed, contained and made as safe and acceptable as possible?

Maintenance, regular cleaning and quality service!

Hydro Cleansing have been managing wet waste for 16 years and are experts in removing and cleaning up wet waste. Jetting the porta loos, removing surface water, mud and emptying cess pits are epic festival maintenance tasks that Hydro Cleansing are more than happy to deal with for you!

Mucking about in wellies is another classic festival experience. For organisers making sure it’s safe for the wild things to play in is essential!


mud girl


Have a flood plan in place! Remember its FLOOD!

Formulate a plan;

Locate your flood response assests

Organise your compete flood response team, Hire Us!

Obsevre the weather and local conditions

Drill your teams so then know what to do.

So when it rains, drainage and flood response need to be considered. Removing the liquid mud prevents having fun in the muck from turning into a dangerous situation.

Cleaning Mud Maintenance

How do you avoid scaring the festival goers memories with wet waste management troubles?


Have a flood plan.

Have a comprehensive toilet facilities strategy.

Plan the clean up.


Then get someone else to do it! Get the experts to deal with it!

Road sweeper at London marathon

Wild parties need wild trucks! We’ll provide the wet waste maintenance.

As festival goers revel in Stevie Wonder’s set, we’ll keep the loos clean and safe to use.

Then you just sell the pulled pork pancakes and enjoy the party!

Safety at Hydro Cleansing: Terminator, “I’m Here To Protect You.”

Terminator Leads Safety Standards at Hydro Cleansing

terminator tanker safety

The largest and safest vacuum tanker!


Our managing director is giving a talk at Brake Fleet Safety Conference on Thursday. We’re very proud that our new tanker Terminator has the highest safety specifications possible. This is an ethic that runs through the company. Risk assessments are made and recommendations followed from the kettle to the deepest pump station shaft. The whole team is responsible for ensuring that a culture of safety is maintained.

Terminator cycle safety

Our MD is showing how safe the vehicle is for cyclists.


This builds a culture of respect and professionalism. Our experience and expertise develops with every job we do. Over 15 years as a company means our collective experience is awesome and constantly increasing.

Leading this culture of safety is our new flagship tanker, TERMINATOR. It’s safety specifications include: mirrors and 360 degree camera surveillance which is live fed to the driver; audible and illuminated “Beware vehicle turning, stay back” warning signs; and the fully enclosed body. The vehicle meets the Euro 6 emission standards. When on site it has incredible lighting to make working at night as safe as possible. It’s tanks and generator means that it can work where ever necessary.  With these specifications it raises the expectations for safety and increases Hydro cleansing’s vigilant culture.


terminator tanker safety

This has Euro 6 and the highest safety standards. Back shot, with hazard warnings and back lit safety sign


There is so much at stake in terms of safety, public health and the environment. We pride ourselves on being super heros of drainage. There isn’t anything we can’t handle!


We take Terminator II’s stance: We are here to protect you!