More information about separator alarms

General operation

Interceptors, also known as separator tanks, act as a final defence against polluting watercourses and sewage systems. They separate the oil from the water and then retain the oil safely until it is removed. They are installed to contain oil leaks from vehicles, plant and accidental spillages. To be effective, oil separators need to be correctly designed, installed, monitored and maintained. If neglected, this can lead to an environmentally damaging pollution incident as well as the possibility of prosecution and a subsequent combination of fines and clean up/remediation costs. You should have a separator tank if you meet any of the following criteria:

Tick Car parks typically larger than 800m2 in area or for 50 or more car spaces
Tick Smaller car parks discharging to a sensitive environment
Tick Areas where goods vehicles are parked or manoeuvred
Tick Vehicle maintenance areas roads
Tick Industrial sites where oil is stored or used refuelling facilities
Tick Any other site with a risk of oil contamination

General legislation

The key area of legislation which is specific to the application of the closure devices is the Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG3) which advise:

Tick Separators must be provided with a robust device to provide visual and audible warning when oil reaches a high level
Tick Build up of silt needs to be managed effectively
Tick Recommended to add a closure device linked to high alarm
Tick Equipment must be ATEX approved
Tick Maintenance of monitoring equipment must be carried out annually as a minimum

  • WaterCare 054 and 055

    WaterCare 054 and 055

    Ideal for remote locations, our solar powered separator alarms can monitor up to 2 separators, each capable of monitoring 3 sensors: high oil, high liquid and silt. The units have a built in battery management system to optimise power consumption. Under normal circumstances the solar panel attached to the stand will keep the battery sufficiently charged. The Watercare 054 alerts the user with a flashing amber beacon, the LCD inside the control panel indicates the alarm status. Where line of sight is not practical, the Watercare 055 alerts the user by text message and indicates the alarm status, the user can also text the control panel at any time to send instructions or receive current status. Download data sheet...

  • WaterCare 060

    WaterCare 060

    Mains powered alarm housed in an IP65 enclosure. The current status is displayed via the LEDs on the front of the unit. If an alarm condition is detected, the relevant LED will light, the relevant 'output' relay is de-energised and the small internal piezo sounder is activated. The alarm is acknowledged by pressing the button on the unit. The piezo sounder is muted and the relays are energised once again. This unit can monitor up to 3 sensors, each with their own individual output relay. Download data sheet...

  • WaterCare 065

    WaterCare 065

    Battery powered alarm housed in an IP65 enclosure. This control panel is a web interfaced separator alarm which allows you to monitor every one of your sites in the UK remotely from one central location.
    - Real time date stamped records for the Environment Agency
    - Awareness of any potential challenges immediately
    - Reduced health and safety risks and increased environmental compliance
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  • WaterCare Wireless

    WaterCare Wireless

    Watercare Wireless is a range of solutions which will allow our customers the benefit of fitting equipment without having to worry about a host of civil challenges such as electricity cables, sewers, drainage or gas pipes. The performance of our separator alarms can be enhanced by the use of wireless technology, whether it be linking it to another piece of equipment or using it to monitor and alert over large distances or zones areas. It also helps to minimise risks from a Health & Safety and Environmental perspective. Download data sheet...