AquaDam Temporary Perimeter Flood Barrier
Until recently, sandbags were typically used to build flood-control barriers. These sandbag flood barriers have a very low success rate, and many sandbags must be placed to make a barrier that conforms to USACE standards. Filling and transporting sandbags is expensive and time-consuming, and you’ll have to pay to dump the tons of sand and woven bags — which is now classified as hazardous waste — after the flood is over. The entire process is messy, tedious, and largely ineffective.
Today, individuals, businesses, and governments all over the world are realizing the benefits of water-filled flood barriers as alternatives to sandbags.
How Do AquaDams Work?
The AquaDam works by constraining (2) water-tight tubes within a woven outer sleeve. In conjunction with the stability baffle, this design creates a temporary non-rolling water-filled barrier which is able to control up to ¾ of its height in external mud/water depths, when filled with water.
AquaDams provide a quick and effective way to create a temporary water-filled perimeter flood barrier. They don’t require heavy sandbags or large amounts of earth, which means labor and time spent installing this solution are minimal. Most of the installation time is spent waiting for the pumps to move water into the AquaDams. By using the onsite water to fill the flood barrier, there is minimal impact to the installation site, and minimal cost to construct the barrier.
Benefits of AquaDam as a Flood Protection System
If you are responsible for flood control, you know it can be an exhausting and expensive undertaking. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, making a sandbag barrier capable of controlling 4ft of water depth would require 7,800 sandbags per linear foot. With an average total cost per sandbag of $3 to $6, that puts the price at $234 to $468 per linear foot of sandbag barrier, not including labor for installation and removal. The price for a 5ft tall AquaDam, rated for up to 44” of water depth control, is less than half for the comparable sandbag alternative.
After the AquaDam has been used, it can be drained, rolled, and stored, ready for the next deployment. Care must be taken during removal to ensure the reusability of the AquaDam. Reusability is possible, but not guaranteed.
Contact us today for more information about the capabilities provided by the AquaDam to flood mitigation responders.