Four new 7.5 tonne Isuzu Rioned Flexcom combi trucks have joined the Yorkshire Water’s 14 strong vehicle fleet as part of a £1.2 million project to establish the in-house operational jetting team.
The fleet has been developed to respond to, investigate and resolve sewer network pollution incidents throughout Yorkshire.
On each of the four new trucks, the Isuzu 7.5 tonne Forward N75.150 URBAN chassis is fitted with the powerful Rioned body that features a high-performance vacuum pump. The suction hose connects to a 3000 litre tank for immediate operation and the hydraulically operated hose reel pivots 180° for ease of operation and includes 100m of high-pressure hose. The unit also features power inverters, CCTV cameras, and additional storage with heaters for dryers, as well as ample storage for hoses.
Mark Cox, Sales Manager at Rioned said: “the Isuzu 7.5t Rioned Flexcom truck is ideal for rapid response incidents. It is a lot lighter and more manoeuvrable than bigger vehicles and therefore much more efficient. It is also a single resolution unit that can be operated remotely by one person.”
The new Specialist Jetting Team at Yorkshire Water is a first of its kind for any utility company in the UK, and consists of a team of 22 staff and 14 vehicles. It was established by Yorkshire Water following a re-evaluation of its capability to respond to escalations in flooding and pollution and to cope with the destructive effects of unique flooding events.