Anyone in the construction industry knows the impact a project can have on the surrounding environment. Between waste, energy consumption, and more, construction jobs aren’t always the most environmentally friendly.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways construction crews can keep their environmental impact to a minimum. A few simple steps include efficient energy usage, time optimization, and taking advantage of reusable equipment. As one of the most durable and important pieces of reusable equipment to a construction crew, the Aqua-Barrier is perhaps one of your best resources for reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.
Waste Reduction from Dewatering
Dewatering a construction site involves removing water from the worksite and holding the rest of the water back with a barrier. The go-to barrier for several years has been sandbags or similar materials, but these common water barrier construction materials produce a good amount of waste. Sandbags in particular must be disposed of as hazardous waste since the crew has no way of knowing what they came into contact with in the water. An Aqua-Barrier, a fully reusable way to keep water out of the construction site, eliminates the problem of waste altogether. When the project is done, just roll the tube back up!
Pro Tip: Use the Aqua-Barrier as many times as you want! As long as you keep it well-maintained, an inflatable cofferdam is fully reusable.
Use the Water That’s Already There
An Aqua-Barrier lets your construction crew get right to work by taking advantage of the water already surrounding the worksite. By inflating the barrier full of the nearby water, the crew uses the environment to help with their project. Best of all, once the project is complete, the water can simply be drained back to its original spot.
Conforms to the Environment
Finally, an inflatable cofferdam is designed to be compatible with any work environment for minimal damage to the cofferdam itself as well as the surrounding area. Not only does the inflatable cofferdam create a watertight seal that ensures no water gets in the crew’s way, but it also eliminates the need to clear out a space for a barrier and potentially damage the environment. The Aqua-Barrier works perfectly with most outdoor settings.
Reduce Your Construction’s Environmental Impact
There’s no way to completely eliminate your impact on the environment around your construction site, but with a little care and planning, you can reduce the damage your work leaves behind. One simple and hugely beneficial way to reduce waste is to invest in a reusable Aqua-Barrier for your next dewatering project. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also be happy with your efforts to leave the environment undamaged.
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Pipeline construction or repair presents its own unique set of challenges. This is particularly true if the pipe is underwater. To create a clean and safe workspace, your construction group has to completely dewater the area before work can begin.
The Aqua-Barrier, an inflatable bladder dam, presents a perfect solution for all your pipeline construction needs. It’s far more affordable than most dewatering solutions on the market today, in addition to requiring far less time to set up and tear down. Here’s how the Aqua-Barrier can make your pipeline construction project go faster.
Quick Installation and Removal
Traditional cofferdams or other water barriers can take days to assemble and require additional time to remove the water. With an Aqua-Barrier, installation takes just a few hours. Better yet, the water you need to remove is stored inside the inflatable dam itself! Reduce both your time commitment and your environmental impact with an inflatable cofferdam.
Most traditional dewatering methods or flood barriers are single-use. A traditional steel cofferdam in particular has to be completely disassembled and the materials hauled away once the project is complete. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier can be used multiple times. After the initial purchase, you shouldn’t need a new one for a long time! Just deflate it, roll it up, and head to the next job when your pipeline construction is complete.
Pro Tip: If your company currently uses traditional dewatering methods, plug them into this cost calculator to see how much money you could be saving with an Aqua-Barrier instead.
Works with Any Construction Site
A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to six feet of water and silt, making it the ideal choice for a high-water area. Additionally, the cofferdam’s scrim-reinforced PVC material is durable and tear resistant, preventing most leaks and making repairs simple. The Aqua-Barrier can survive almost any problem your construction site can throw at it!
A Great Choice for Your Construction Job
An inflatable cofferdam can save you money on your construction project and reduce the time spent on a job. Plus, the same barrier will last you for plenty more jobs in the future without major maintenance. What more could you ask for in an inflatable dam?
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Dewatering is critical, especially when you need to access an area that is submerged. It’s necessary to find a reputable solution both for the safety of the workers and the quality of the finished product. This Cofferdam Cost Calculator can help you find the most efficient and cost-effective dewatering solution for your construction site. Because of this, your company should choose only the absolute best dewatering systems and equipment.
Which Dewatering Equipment is Best for Your Company?
As you shop for dewatering equipment, consider how much water you will need to move and how quickly you have to finish. The answer may surprise you. Inflatable cofferdams are simple to install, cost less than other dewatering methods and are safe for use in natural bodies of water and swimming pools.
- Research the Market to Spend Less
- Shorter Installation Time
- Safe to Use in Man Made & Natural Dewatering Applications
1) Research the Market to Spend Less
Our water filled dams are three to five times less costly than traditional cofferdam methods. An inflatable cofferdam is also reusable, eliminating the need to spend valuable time and money constructing an expensive new cofferdam at every construction site.
Pro Tip: Inflatable cofferdams are quick to install, keeping downtime at a minimum.
2) Shorter Installation Time
Earthen or concrete cofferdams can take an entire workday to construct, not to mention the additional time spent pumping water out of the worksite. Meanwhile, inflatable cofferdams take less time to set up and allow your crew to get to work faster. Not only are they fast, but an inflatable cofferdam will also safely hold the water pumped out of the worksite, providing a strong, reliable barrier.
3) Safe to Use in Natural and Man-Made Dewatering Applications
Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdams are built to be safe in any type of construction zone. Their strong material allows them to support the weight of the water you need to remove. Rather than removing the water entirely, the Aqua-Barrier temporarily inflates with the water so you can complete construction. This ensures that any natural wildlife is not disturbed during your dewatering process.
Preparing for Your Construction Project
Dewatering doesn’t have to be a costly challenge. With the right equipment, a dewatered construction site will be an easily accessible and safe place to work. Research both the site conditions and the dewatering techniques available to you to get started.
Curious about other dewatering methods? Join the conversation to speak with our high-quality inflatable cofferdam experts about the best dewatering solution for your project.
Construction dewatering is when groundwater or surface water needs to be removed from a construction site, and if you work in this field, you understand the importance of a dry worksite. Dewatering activities must be done properly to avoid eroding the soil on the construction site, therefore it is important to understand the dewatering process.
In order for a proper dewatering process to happen, it is important to take things into consideration. Dewatering precautions, methods and damage prevention need to be taken into account in order for your dewatering process and construction project go on without a hitch.
In order to get a dry worksite, it is imperative to take precautions. Some things to pay close attention to while dewatering is:
- Water is not being pumped directly into slopes
- Continue dewatering if the area is showing signs of instability or erosion
- Avoid dewatering if there are or has been heavy rains
- Never discharge water that has been contaminated with oil, grease, or other contaminants
- Check local, state, and federal agencies for proper permits
There are several different dewatering methods, but it is best to use one that is perfect for a multitude of different dewatering projects, like the Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dam. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is an inflated, water-filled device essential for controlling surface water up to 6 feet deep. They are environmentally safer than traditional sandbags, they are reusable and provide for compact storage, transportation, and ease of handling.
Water Damage Prevention
When you’re removing water or lowering the groundwater level, the extraction of water alters the characteristics of the surrounding soil. You must be aware of how this change impacts your excavation. If this is not done properly, the resulting instability will cause problems for you and the owners of the surrounding property. You also must be aware of and take responsibility for the safe relocation of the water.
ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam is the perfect way to ensure water is removed from a worksite without further damaging the work area.
The Importance of Proper Construction Dewatering
Having a proper construction dewatering plan is imperative to keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Construction dewatering can be very challenging and normally includes the removal, treatment, and discharge of groundwater and stormwater. Make sure you have a solid plan and the best tools for the job.
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If you work in construction, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all projects. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also protect the environment.
What Dewatering Tips Can Help Ensure a Successful Construction Project?
To ensure a successful construction project which requires dewatering, it is important to make sure you have a solid plan, safety training, and risk assessment plan. When you follow these four tips for dewatering, you can make sure everyone stays safe while you get the job done.
- Start With a Plan
- Factor in Risk Assessment
- Implement Safety Training
- Choose the Best Equipment
1) Always Have a Plan
Creating a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This procedure plan should include procedure requirements, relevant laws and regulations, as well as the concept design, groundwater monitoring documents, and anything else required for the project.
2) Factor in Risk Assessment
Safety should always be a factor when it comes to a construction project, and especially when it comes to the dewatering process. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project.
ProTip: Risk identification and analysis are vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe when dewatering a construction site.
3) Implement Safety Training
With construction dewatering being riskier and more involved than a normal construction project, it is necessary to have a proper training plan in place and implemented in order to ensure the safety of those working on the site.
4) Choose the Best Equipment
For a successful dewatering project, it is important to use the best equipment for the job. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam is the perfect tool for many dewatering and construction projects and is a more environmentally friendly and safe alternative to other traditional dewatering methods.
Successful Dewatering for Construction Sites
By making and sticking to a solid checklist, keeping staff well-trained, and using the best tools for the project, dewatering can happen without a hitch. Monitoring your plan and staying in communication with all involved will make sure your construction dewatering project is successful and safe for all involved.
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There are many instances where investing in water storage might benefit you. One of the most portable methods of storing water is to use an Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage system (formerly Insta-Tank). This durable and reusable storage system is lightweight, made from heavy-duty vinyl, and is perfect for storing fresh water.
What Types of Projects Can Benefit From Water Storage?
When it comes to water, you don’t want it to go down the drain, whether you need to store grey water, conduct a pool repair, remove water from a disaster area, or just need a temporary water storage unit, the Aqua-Barrier® is the perfect solution for your job. Here are six instances where water storage can be beneficial.
- Grey Water Storage
- Pool Repair
- Disaster Areas
- Temporary Water Storage
1) Grey Water Storage
Grey water is gently used water that comes from your sinks, tubs, showers, and washing machines. Sometimes, when repairs are needed, it is necessary to store this water. While greywater should never be released into streams, rivers, or lakes, it is perfect and beneficial to irrigate lawns with.
2) Pool Repair
Using water storage during a pool repair is the smart thing to do to help conserve water! Instead of letting all that clean, chlorinated water drain out down the street, store and reuse your water with the Aqua-Barrier® water storage system.
3) Irrigation Needs
Sometimes the weather doesn’t always cooperate, and if you are experiencing a long dry spell, sometimes irrigation is needed to help bring water to the land.
ProTip: Instead of installing a large and immovable silo or basin, the compact, portable, and rapidly deployed Aqua-Barrier® water storage is perfect for all irrigation needs.
4) Disaster Areas
When a disaster is heading your way, one of the most important things people run out to buy is water. Don’t waste money on bottles and bottles of water. The Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage can hold up to 90,000 gallons and can provide you with water through the duration of the disaster!
5) Temporary Water Storage
If you own a construction company, you know that many times projects require temporary dewatering. Whether you are working on a bridge, pipeline, or another repair, the perfect solution is to drain and store the water is through Aqua-Barrier®.
Aqua-Barrier®: The Smart Way to Store Water
If you are curious about or in need of water storage, be sure you are making the environmentally friendly choice with Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage. With its many size options, it can be used in truck transport or for ground installation.
Have an upcoming project that requires water storage? Join the conversation to learn more about water storage.