1. INTRODUCTION

The Situation:  Wilkie Lexus wanted to enclose their dealership grounds by building a multi-story warehouse structure.  The goal was to better protect the Wilkie new vehicle inventory while making better use of the square footage of their outdoor areas. As part of the warehouse construction project, Wilkie also hoped to build a car wash where all vehicles that came from the warehouse would pass through a car wash before being driven to the showroom for test drives. 

2. THE CHALLENGE

By building a multi-story warehouse that would cover a large amount of square footage with a flat roof, the Town of Haverford had concerns about run-off and storm sewer management. The fear was that a non-absorbent flat roof would send a lot of rainwater and melting snow into the already taxed storm drains. The sewer concerns along with the general expense of water in the Philadelphia area created permitting and investment roadblocks for the Wilkie team. In conjunction with Tim Fitzpatrick, the Howco Sales Manager in the area, Wilkie invested in a conventional filter reclaim system, but they could not alleviate the town’s concerns about the run-off into the storm drains.

3. THE STRATEGY

The Approach: Working side-by-side with the staff at Wilkie Lexus, Tim Fitzpatrick listened to Wilkie’s needs and went to work on solving their problems. After a great deal of research, Tim invited AquaBio, a long time Howco water treatment partner into the discussion. For years, Howco had been promoting AquaBio for its conventional and Biological Reclaim Systems. Howco was an early adopter of AquaBio’s green processes for recycling water. Building on technology used in water treatment centers around the world, AquaBio had developed a Biological Reclaim system that is affordable even in the car wash investment envelope.

Employing the same enzyme technology that had been used in the oil and gas market since the days of the Exxon Valdez, AquaBio had quickly become a leader in developing “green water treatment processes” that were affordable and easy to deploy in the world of professional car washing. Leaning on AquaBio’s water treatment expertise, Tim went to work to resolve the rainwater run-off problems caused by the flat roof at Wilkie Lexus.

 

The Solution: By listening to the concerns of his client, Wilkie Lexus, and through his involvement in the permitting process with the Town of Haverford, Tim Fitzpatrick was able to clearly describe the need to the Howco vendor-partner, AquaBio.  This was the first step in resolving the problem…what are the concerns of all of the stakeholders in the project? 

Properly understanding the issues, AquaBio was able to task its engineering staff with developing a resolution to the problem that would satisfy all parties. As such, AquaBio adapted a standard “Rainwater Harvest System” for a very specific car wash application. By Rainwater Harvest, AquaBio described a system where large tanks would capture the run-off from rain and snow and prepare the water for use in the car wash. 

4. THE RESULTS

5 years after initial implementation, Wilkie Lexus has a state-of-the-art water treatment system.  In fact, the Rainwater Harvest System is so effective that Wilkie Lexus is using surplus water from the AquaBio Rainwater Harvest System to irrigate its green spaces. Today, every vehicle that Wilkie Lexus withdraws from its warehousing system is systematically washed in a Howco-designed car wash system and delivered to prospective customers in the Showroom.

Since the Wilkie Lexus project, Howco has partnered with AquaBio to provide Rainwater Harvest Systems throughout the Howco coverage area. In addition to the Rainwater Harvest Systems, Howco and AquaBio have installed nearly 50 Biological Reclaim System ranging from Pennsylvania to Georgia.