A Stockton business specialising in emergency drain clearing has taken delivery of the first of four specialist vehicles designed to remove blockages from large sewers, following a £750,000 investment.
HCS Drain Services, a division of The Owen Pugh Group, has purchased four 26-tonne Jetvac combination units that will be used primarily for cleaning large diameter sewers with high pressure water jetting, before the waste is removed with powerful suction pumps.
The units are based on a MAN truck 26.400 chassis, with the JetVac units manufactured by Fuller Tankers following an in-depth consultation.
They also have the capability to empty and clean septic tanks and wet wells, to control water flow and to assist in root cutting operations.
The investment means the company can better service a raft of new business from clients across the region, including South Tyneside Council, Durham County Council and Middlesbrough Council.
HCS also carries out drainage and pump maintenance services for large leisure and pub groups.
General manager, Dale Watson, said: “The Jetvac units will give us greater flexibility in serving our existing client base, ensuring we meet their ever-increasing business needs as we move out of the recent recession. It will also increase our fleet of HGV vehicles to develop new business within the North East and to grow into new areas.”
Over the next three months, the remaining three units will be delivered, with two due to be based at HCS headquarters in Arkgrove Industrial Estate, and two at Owen Pugh’s Blaydon base.
Owen Pugh Group chairman, John Dickson, said: “Owen Pugh continues on its growth trajectory and is building a solid base for the business in the future by investing in assets and improving capabilities and efficiencies across the business.”