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Happy New Year from Hydrological Solutions!

Happy New Year from Hydrological Solutions!

Happy New Year from Hydrological Solutions!

2017 is quickly coming to an end, ready or not. It’s a great time to pause and reflect on the year behind us to get ready for the year to come. We can learn from our strengths and opportunities to make 2018 the best year yet. With that in mind, here’s an inside view at 2017 with Hydrological Solutions:

WIPP® in Action in New Zealand. Heavy rains from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie caused serious flooding on New Zealand’s northern island in April. Several regions were impacted and evacuations were implemented. The WIPP® System from Hydrological Solutions came to the aid in one region to protect a few areas against the high water levels from nearby rivers.

WIPP® System Deployed in New Zealand Flood

The Inflatable Bladder Dam Advantage. Flexible, inflatable bladder dams are the tool of choice for temporary water control.  Inflatable bladder dams are perfect when contractors need to construct new boat ramps, box culverts, retaining walls, dams and bridges as well as for installation and replacement of all types of utility lines.

Why Choose Inflatable Bladder Dams?

Preparing for the Winter in Construction. Winter brings winter storms and snow in many areas. If you have projects in areas where it snows, early fall is the time to begin preparations to protect your employees and projects. Cold weather takes a toll on your body, especially when you factor in wind chill. It’s important to take all necessary precautions.

Winter Storm Preparation Tips for Construction Sites

We take great pride in providing the best solution for dewatering and flood protection. We thank each one of you for your continued partnership and trust. Here at Hydrological Solutions, we are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in the industry in 2018. Here’s to a festive New Year’s Eve and all the very best in 2018. Happy New Year!

2017-2018 Winter Weather Predictions for the US

2017-2018 Winter Weather Predictions for the US

November is almost upon us again and that means winter weather is on its way. The general forecast for this winter is much colder than our previous winter but no colder than usual. Much of the northern US will see milder than normal temperatures while most of the South and West will be a bit cooler than normal.  

Winter Weather Predictions for November 2017 through March 2018

It’s good to be prepared for the coming winter season. Whether in construction, oil pipeline work, or in your personal life, it’s good to have an idea of what to expect.

Cold and Snowy Winter for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Winter this year for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is expected to be quite a bit colder than last winter, but not any colder than usual. Temperatures in the northern US are expected to be milder than average while the south and west will be mostly cooler. The precipitation levels will be above normal. Snowfall in portions of the Northeast, Intermountain region, central Plains, central Great Lakes, and eastern Tennessee to New Mexico are expected to be above normal yielding a good ski season for the Northeast.

Frigid and Dry for the Northern Plains

The Northern Plains will experience regular sub-zero levels, at times plummeting as low as -30 degrees F in the Dakotas. The recent drought trend in this region is expected to continue. States in this region will experience significantly less snowfall and overall drier conditions.

Both Dry and Cold in the Upper Midwest

Ranging eastward into the Midwest the weather is expected to remain both dry and cold. The eastern Corn Belt should experience more snow and ice than normal.

Severe in the Southeast, Tennessee Valley

Florida and Georgia will experience above normal temperatures, while Florida will be mostly dry. The Tennessee Valley into northeast Texas will see colder weather and some ice storms with increased tornado activity in February.

Snowfall in Northwest, Rockies

The Northwest and Rockies will receive abundant precipitation. La Niña is expected to be weak this year, so winter storms in the north are expected to be mild. However, snowfall is expected to be above normal.

Temperatures Up and Down for the Southern Plains

Some areas, such as Southwest Texas, will experience above normal temperatures while others will enjoy cooler temperatures. Expect freezes in late January along with dry periods and stormy weather. Storms expected in Northwest and Southwest Texas, but not more than normal.

Mildly Snowy and Wet in California, the Southwest

Central and northern California expected to be mildly snowy and wet. The Southwest is expected to see temperatures in the 90’s in early 2018.

El Niño Unlikely

There are currently no active patterns for El Niño or La Niña for this winter. This typically means we can expect neutral conditions in the Northern Hemisphere.

Snowmelt Flooding: Winter’s Last Hazard

If you’re in an area with typically heavy snowfall, as the temperatures begin to rise again a common dangerous occurrence is snowmelt flooding. As the snow melts, the ground is too saturated to absorb any more and it begins to run back to the streams, rivers, and lakes. However, the excess water causes flooding. Protect your property and job sites now by investing in an inflatable bladder dam.

Preparing for Winter

Whether your personal property or construction job sites, it’s important to take measures to prepare for the winter weather. Use this guide to this year’s winter weather predictions to get started. Be safe and keep warm.

To learn more about protecting your property and job site with inflatable bladder dams, Contact Us.

Back to School Again: Invaluable Lessons for Business Owners

Back to School Again: Invaluable Lessons for Business Owners

As your kids try to squeeze every last bit of fun they can out of the summer days, you’re getting ready for the fall. School starts along with the holiday business season. There’s so much to plan, schedule, and organize, it’s enough to make your head swim. Slow down! Take a moment to recharge and refresh your mind and body before it all begins. While you’re at it, take a lesson or two from your kids.

5 Lessons for Business Owners as Kids Go Back to School

Being an adult, and a business owner at that is full of never-ending work and stress. There are never enough hours in a day, days in a week, or weeks in the year for the work that needs to be done. You’re perpetually swamped, and it’s easy to lock into your weekly routine and forget some of the important things in life. Consider the following 5 lessons we can all learn from kids:

1) Laugh! Often.

Kids love to laugh! So much so, they’ll often laugh when nothing is really all that funny. Laughter, as it turns out, truly is good for the soul. It reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body immediately while also increasing the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce the effects of stress.

Put simply, it reduces stress and the effects of stress in your body very quickly. Laughing often is good for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  And people are drawn to people who laugh and smile often.

2) Make Time for Play

Play is always mission #1 for kids. When deciding on what they want to do, they’re constantly assessing the fun factor. Play is even how they initially learn. Kids love to play, and they’re very good at it. For most adults, however, play is often seen as unproductive, irresponsible, and a waste of time.

While too much of anything can become all of those things, adults need play too! It’s vital for creativity and solving problems. It exercises your brain in ways nothing else can. It’s also central to relationships. In other words, play builds stronger teams.

3) Try Something New

Kids are always discovering the world. Everything is new until they encounter it for the first time. They’re accustomed to learning and growing and trying new things. As an adult and business owner, you also need to keep growing and learning to keep your edge. One way to keep your brain engaged and growing is to keep trying new things. Find something you’ve never done but always wanted to try and do it! Find something you’ve never even thought about trying and give it a go. Give your brain something new to process. Do it as often as you can.

4) Be Social

The best part of the school day is always the lunch hour and any other random free moments to socialize. As humans, we are social creatures and need community and friendship. We need to be connected to others and we need conversation. Kids do it automatically, every chance they get. It’s easy for adults to neglect this much-needed part of life.

Find a way to have regular social time with other adults. Find a tennis partner. Join a bible study. Start a poker night with your friends. Find or create opportunities for regular social interaction. You need it. Everyone needs it.

5) Dream Big

Kids dream big dreams about life. They aren’t afraid to dream bigger than themselves. They don’t know and don’t care about what’s possible or probable. Kids just dream. Dreaming is good for everyone. Something happens to us as we become adults, however. Somewhere along the way, we lose our ability to dream big dreams with reckless abandon. Reality sets in. We know too much. We know how life “works”.

It’s the biggest dreams, however, that bring the biggest and best realities to fruition. It’s far better to dream bigger than you know is possible and achieve half of it, than planning for the “possible” and accomplishing all or a part of it. When the dream is big enough, people will rise to the occasion and accomplish the impossible. Try it.

Let the Kid in You Come Out!

As you prepare for your end of year cycle and your kids go back to school, don’t forget to let the kid in you come out. Laugh often, make time for play, try something new, be social, and don’t forget to dream big! We are also still in hurricane season, so make sure you and your business is prepared for possible inclement weather scenarios.

Hydrological Solutions is your source for innovative dewatering and flood protection solutions. Contact Us to learn more about inflatable bladder dams and other products and resources.

4 Ways to Get in (or Back in) the Christmas Spirit this Year

4 Ways to Get in (or Back in) the Christmas Spirit this Year

As much as we all try, sometimes it can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit. While children look forward to Christmas morning with anticipation, as an adult it can be a time of stress and overwhelm. No matter what you are dealing with this Christmas, here are a few ways you can bring the magic back into the holiday season!

  1. Spread the Joy – More often than not, it’s easier to find joy when you are spreading joy. Join a group of Christmas carolers in song. As you bring light to others, you will likely find a glow of your own.
  2. Scenic Views – Who doesn’t love looking at Christmas lights? There is something nostalgic about this timeless tradition. A simple internet search will give you the neighborhoods in your area with the best Christmas scenes. Many places also offer Christmas light events such as Houston Zoo Lights or the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens.
  3. Family Christmas Night – Set the stage for the perfect family Christmas night with your favorite Christmas movie and snacks. No matter who your special people are – whether connected by blood or adopted into your heart in some other way – this time is sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your soul.  
  4. Dress Your Family Pet – There’s no doubt about it. Pets are a very special part of the family. Don’t let them miss out on the fun! Besides, who can resist an adorable puppy in a Santa hat?

Enjoy Yourself, Be Merry

While these ideas may seem like a given, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and forget to enjoy it! Is it really that important to take the kids to look at Christmas lights this year when you’ve been running around all day? Yes! Not only do kids love these traditional holiday activities, but if you let yourself be a kid again for a just a moment, you will find that you still do too!

Merry Christmas! We wish you a season of love, joy, peace and happiness this year!