Mile After Mile of Portable Sanitation

The daily grind of cleaning restrooms for remote energy customers in Central and West Texas

Mile After Mile of Portable Sanitation

Regional supervisor Jacob Templeton, left, is shown with field operations manager Mike Drennan.

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Servicing portable restrooms for pipeline and renewable energy projects is considerably different than typical urban construction projects or special events, says Mike Drennan, field operations manager for JIT Total Site Solutions in Boerne, Texas. Most of the company’s 14 service personnel — and often their families — live full-time in company-provided RVs and move around with projects as needed.

The company generally places two units every mile on a pipeline project and spreads the technicians out, each taking 400 miles or so. Some of these units are placed on the ground; others stay on small trailers carrying two or three units or two units and a hand-wash station that the customer can move as needed. Solar and wind farm jobs usually use only trailered units, and a single worker can service an entire facility. All trailers have GPS units so they can be located easily.

A typical scenario is for a technician to be responsible for about 80 units and service them twice a week. They usually service about 40 on Monday, 40 on Tuesday, take care of maintenance issues on Wednesday, then service the units a second time on Thursday and Friday. Units are not power washed in the field. If a unit needs washing, it is swapped out.

Supplies are stored at customer field offices where there tends to be 24-hour security. The company contracts with water sources, treatment facilities and landfills in nearby towns. A trip to the disposal facility is done as needed, but at least every four days, as required by law. Service includes a check of company-provided trash trailers, if any, and when full the field worker notifies a supervisor who takes them to a landfill.

At the end of a day, the last step is getting ready for the first step. “I train the guys that the last thing they do before they call it a day is fill up their truck with fuel, fill up their water tank and get all their supplies,” Drennan says. “That way, first thing in the morning they’re ready to just go to work.”

Read more about JIT Total Site Solutions in this month’s issue of Portable Restroom Operator magazine.


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