Saving the environment one power wash at a time; that’s the goal for David Flagler and his company, Clean Marine Solutions. Their products help boatyards and marinas comply with the Clean Water Act.
Flagler’s new invention, the Vanish 300, has received national attention and an $85,000 green business fund grant. That’s because of the innovative way it reduces wastewater contaminated with copper at marinas.
“The problem with the copper in the water is it bio-accumulates in algae, in oysters, in mollusks, and all the way up the food chain,” Flagler said.
That means the copper can end up in the seafood that we eat.
Now, with the Vanish 300, Flagler has found a way to prevent these toxins from re-entering the water.
The process starts with the power washing.
As the boat is washed, a large containment pad collects the contaminated water, and transports it to a large drum for treatment.
The treatment filters out the metals leaving clean water behind. This water can then be used again for washing, often cutting a marina’s water bill in half, allowing boatyards that go green… and to save some green as well.
“You have a public, the boating public especially, that is more environmentally aware. People are turning toward environmental safe products and going toward environmentally compliant firms,” Flagler said.
This new grant has stirred up interest in Clean Marine Solutions. “We’re starting to get calls from far away places that want to do the green thing,” Flagler said.
With benefits to the environment, and their bottom line – what marina wouldn’t want to do the green thing?
The new prototype is currently being tested at Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington.
Clean Marine Solutions expects this machine to help marinas comply with tougher new regulations that go into effect beginning September 1st.