Middlesbrough Council is one of only a few councils in the country to provide a street washing service. The service cleans pavements in all council-owned shopping areas, parks and public areas.
The process is currently performed using a high pressure washer. This method is currently under review, with the potential view of using a mechanical street sweeper/washer. The mechanical brush uses a low-pressure water jet and brushes to scrub the pavement. As the machine travels along the pavement the water is sucked up along with the residue, leaving only a damp surface. The machine also has a facility to recycle the water collected, thereby reducing water usage.