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Mud-sucking truck technology to reduce street flooding

A truck capable of sucking 6000 litres of mud from clogged drains is Blacktown City Council’s latest tool to remove drainage obstructions and help minimise street flooding.

Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM spoke of the truck, which uses new technology.

“It’s called an inductor truck, and its powerful suction hose will improve capacity to remove mud and debris from deep within drains and pipes, and reduce street flooding,” he said.

Eductor truck training at Quakers Hill. Image: Blacktown City Council

It is also hoped the inductor truck will help limit litter and pollutants entering natural waterways, to keep them cleaner.

“I’m proud that our team is adopting new tools to provide a cleaner and safer environment for residents,” Bleasdale added.

The truck’s suction hose can extend 50m to access hard to reach places. It can blast water to clear debris such as rubbish, mud and leaves that often block drains.

Council staff are being trained to safely and efficiently operate the vehicle to achieve the best results.

The team inspects and maintains drainage pits and pipes on a regular basis to ensure the drainage network is free of blockages.

The new truck is a Cap Combi 2600 CL, built on a Volvo FE320 6×4 chassis, and will replace council’s existing truck which uses earlier technology.

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