What are Waterless Cleaning Systems?

Waterless cleaning systems are designed to REMOVE WATER & DEBRIS. All CD3 Systems are user operated waterless cleaning equipment used to reduce the risk of spreading invasive species.


Is the CD3 System a decontamination station?

"Decontamination" has traditionally referred to high pressure, heated water stations. In this regard, the CD3 station is not a decontamination station. However, physical removal of AIS via cleaning, draining and drying constitutes "decontamination." Our stations provide users with the tools to implement these best management practices.

Are CD3 Stations worth it as compared to using heated, highly pressurized water?

Absolutely! Due to the need for trained, paid staff to operate high pressure, high heat decontamination stations, their cost of operation is prohibitive at many sites. In addition, these stations are often closed. Regardless, best management practices (BMPs) of cleaning, draining, drying and disposing of bait should always be employed to reduce the risk of spreading AIS. Therefore, CD3 Stations fill an important niche and drive the adoption of BMPs.

Is vandalism or unintended use a concern?

Vandalism is always a concern at public sites. To dissuade vandalism, we recommend placing the station in well lit areas. If a site poses a particular risk for vandalism or unintended use, we will work with site owners to employ additional measures, such as security cameras, to further reduce the risk.

Does an inspector or other staff need to be at the station?

No, while having an inspector present may increase usage of the station and could help answer questions, the station is intended to be user-operated.

How or where should we install a CD3 System?  

We can provide a site analysis! It is suggest installing Cleaning Stations directly at boat launch or public access sites. At a boat launch please refer to States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) site design for Construction and Integration of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Areas at Recreational Boating Facilities. If you need additional consultation services for site design, please contact us.

Do the stations require a permanent power source?

No. We have designed both on and off-grid stations. The off-grid stations use a solar array and lithium batteries to power the station.

Operations & maintenance - How often serviced?

During the boating season, the service needs of the stations are dictated by the level of use. These are the primarily the vacuum tank pump outs (~500 uses) & tool replacements. CD3 Software provides tool tamper alert system & alerts owners if a tool is not being used, and to remotely view waste levels in the tank and service accordingly. While we do our best to automate the system's functionality, nothing beats having an occasional set of eyes checking out the equipment. 

Are there concerns over odor issues?  

Odor issues can be reduced through routine emptying of the vacuum. Odor issues can also be mitigated through use of portable toilet chemicals within the holding container.

Disposal of bait and/or vegetation is an important part of a cleaning station. What do you recommend?

While bait can be disposed of with the vacuum, we suggest using on site composting or garbage services.

What does the instructional component of the station entail?

We realize simple signage does not equal education. To help guide practices and create real behavioral change, we have developed digital assets to walk boat owners through cleaning steps for specific AIS threats and their specific type of boat. For more information on the instructional component of the stations, go here or contact us.

Can you make a station that requires payment for use?

Yes. While we recommend offering the services of the station free of charge, we do offer the option of having a station require payment.

The low tech tools aren't appropriate for our site, do you have other options?

Yes, we will work with you to identify the best options for cleaning tools which make the most sense for your site.


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