WATERMILLS MOVES WITH MAN
Alternative Drinking Water Supplier, Watermills Ltd of Woking, Surrey, is adding three new MAN TGM 26 tonne rear-steer rigids to its truck fleet. The 26.340 6x2 chassis are powered with MAN low-emission EEV engines.
Two ‘LX’ sleeper cabs are bodied with cylindrical swap body water tanks, while the single ‘L’ day cab has an elliptical ‘barrel’ body for increased low-height access.
The company, which supplies drinking water by road tanker or bowser to music festivals, sporting events, film locations and constructions sites, selected the MAN chassis thanks to build quality, a low unladen weight, and rear-steer manoeuvrability.
Watermills is suppling water to various Olympic related events this summer and wishes to have the best looking and environmentally positive vehicles they can.
“Water is among the heaviest commodoties for road transport,” said Managing Director, Adrian Mills, “so, a low chassis weight is critical for us. Our tanks carry 16 tonnes of water plus ancillary pumps and hoses, and the MAN TGM chassis meets the unladen weight benchmark.
“Considering some of the locations we’re required to access, manoeuvrability is a big factor, too,” he said, “MAN’s reer-steer capability will allow us to get on site with greater ease; whether it’s on a mountain-side or in a tight city centre mews.
“We went to the CV Show last year and were very impressed with the TGM chassis – excellent engineering and a tidy chassis arrangement. It looked like a good, solid, working truck.”
He added, “We have a 1998 MAN 7.5 tonner which is still going strong, so we can certainly vouch for MAN build quality.”