Hydro excavation started in the mid 1800’s when the miners in California used steam pump-pressurized water to wear away land masses. They do this to capture the gold and other minerals easily. The process that they used was then referred to as Hydraulic Mining.
As technology got better more competitive machines for excavation were developed. The first hydro excavation services machine called the “ExcaVactor” and was built in 1969.
In 1970 and 1980, vacuum trucks and sewer cleaners were adapted by the public for hydro excavation use. Overtime some people removed the vacuums from these vehicles and put them on all-terrain types of vehicles in order to get to remote locations more easily.
In 1990, a lot of companies began to manufacture trailer-mounted units and trucks in different configurations to satisfy the growing demand of the market for these .
Today, hydro excavation or HYDROVACING is being used by many different industries in many different areas of the world, i.e. Canada, the United States, China and the United Kingdom. More and more companies are offering hydro excavation service. We are already seeing the industry expand and with all the new improvements with the trucks and parts we foresee the industry to grow and grow and grow!