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Flooding Brings Challenges to Water and Wastewater Facilities

Flooding Brings Challenges to Water and Wastewater Facilities

Flooding Brings Challenges to Water and Wastewater Facilities

With their unpredictable nature and destructive force, natural disasters are not a force to be reckoned with. While we cannot control the weather, there are proactive measures that we can take in order to mitigate the damages of a natural disaster such as a flood.

A flood can occur through many different ways outside of the typically acknowledged tropical storm or hurricane. Melting snow in the springtime, dam failures, tidal surges, and even local drainage issues can all contribute to a flood in your area. When a flood occurs in a residential home, homeowners can expect much of their valuables and property to be damaged or destroyed.

However, when a flooded wastewater treatment plant suffers damage, a whole community of people, including the personnel employed in the plant, can face far larger issues.

Clean drinking water becomes compromised during a flood, as power outages may hinder the plant’s operations and damaged assets in the plant may impede the conversion process of turning wastewater into a reusable water source.

Preventing a Flooded Wastewater Treatment Plant

According to the US EPA, practicing mitigation options is the best way to prevent floodwater from invasively appearing. Some of these options include crafting barriers around key assets, having an emergency back-up generator, and keeping key electrical equipment elevated.

Keeping these tips in mind will help to keep your wastewater facility from having to shut down. Back-up generators can prevent power outages and barriers/elevated equipment will minimize damage to the plant’s facilities and keep the staff from enduring dangerous working conditions.

The WIPP® Solution

Consider WIPP® as a solid solution for preventing invasive waters from entering your water or wastewater facility. This innovative water inflated flood barrier, acts as your property’s bodyguard, blocking any floodwater from entering. Installing the WIPP around the barrier of your plant before the start of a possible flood will greatly minimize and prevent any damage from occurring. Once all of the water has dissipated, the WIPP can simply be deflated and stored for the next possible flood occurrence.

Flood damage can reap havoc on treatment plants that are not well prepared, leaving you and your community at a disadvantage for clean drinking water.

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Hydrological Solutions is aware of the potential harm that floods may cause as we work toward protecting your water or wastewater facility from unforeseen and devastating damage. Contact us to learn more about being prepared for disastrous floods.

How to Prepare for a Flood (Beyond Flood Insurance)

How to Prepare for a FloodNatural Disasters cause extreme damage to property and land all over the world. Most of these disasters strike with no prior warning while others take hours or days to formulate. One of the most overwhelming forms of natural disasters is flooding.

Many parts of the United States have been put under flash flood warning due to the current unpredictable storms, as we’ve seen with Houston this week.  Flooding caused by snow melt is expected in the north as spring snow begins to melt releasing a lot of water which is threatening to your home or business.

Whether you live in a flood-prone area or not, it’s important that you should always be prepared. While flood insurance can offer some relief by covering damages to property, there are many things that just cannot be replaced. And for the items that can let’s face it – dealing with the hassle is not anyone’s favorite thing to do!

Here are 5 Ways to Prepare for Flooding … beyond Flood Insurance:

Invest in a battery-powered sump pump

Using a Sump pump enables you to pump water out of your home in case of a flood. This tool can be an excellent defense mechanism against flooding. Choosing a battery powered sump pump is recommended in case your power goes out.

Move Expensive/Treasured Items to a Higher Location

If you have an attic or a second floor, move your photographs, furniture, and artwork to higher levels to protect them from the most severe floods. Elevate water pumps and furnaces when they are installed, if doable, to a height of 12” above the highest known flood level for your area.

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Invest in a Flood Barrier

The Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) is an ultimate inflatable flood barrier that can be used for both commercial and residential areas. Using WIPP® to protect your business or home will aid in preventing invasive water from destroying your property. Install the flood barrier around your home or commercial property in anticipation of a natural disaster. When the inclement weather has passed, and the water has receded, simply deflate the WIPP® and store away until it’s needed again.

Clear Gutters and Drains

Keep your drainage systems and gutters clear to carry water away from your home. Check storm drains on your street since debris and leaves can block them causing water to collect around your home.

Spring for Extra Roof Protection

When the time comes to replace your roof, spend a few dollars more to fit a rubber roof underlayment which acts as a waterproof barrier that goes beneath the shingles and protects the roof from water incursion.

Floods are disastrous events that can leave you homeless or with extreme property destruction. At Hydrological Solutions, we know the challenges that flooding can present and want to help you protect your property from rising waters in your area. Contact us to learn more about how to prepare for a flood.

Stay Safe: Hurricane Safety Tips

Stay Safe: Hurricane Safety Tips

Are you Ready? written on the roadHurricane Safety Tips

Hurricanes can mean flooding, evacuations, and damage to your home and property. Loss of electricity is one of the most common results of a hurricane, in addition to flooding, and depending on how extensive the flooding is, this could mean spoiling food, contaminated food, and other hazards. Here are some of the most important flood control and hurricane safety tips you need to follow in the event of this natural disaster:

 

Stash a thermometer in your fridge and freezer. Before losing power, put a thermometer in your fridge and freezer, so you can consistently check the temperature and make sure it is at a safe level before eating anything out of either section.

 

Make your own freeze packs. Freezing quart bags full of water is a great way to make your own freeze packs that can help to keep your fridge and freezer cold, even if the power does shut off.

 

Keep the doors closed. Open your fridge and freezer as little as possible. Only crack open the door when you know what you are retrieving, and then close the door as quickly as you can.

 

Get to higher ground. This is one of the most common tips you will hear, probably because it is the most important. If your area is flooding, get to higher ground. If you are in your home, get away from the flood water. Flood water is notoriously contaminated, so grab your supplies and head upstairs or into the attic. If the water continues to rise, head to the roof and signal for help.

 

Stay out of the water. With a hurricane and flooding comes damage to your property and, most importantly, to the electricity grid. Because water conducts electricity, it can be dangerous to even wade in the water if you think the electricity might still be on. Report any downed power lines and stay far away from them.

 

Close shutters and stay away from windows. The strong winds and flying debris that come with a hurricane can lead to shattered windows. You don’t want to be harmed by flying glass.
Before, during, and after a hurricane comes ashore, listen to your radio to make sure you have the most updated information and use these hurricane safety tips to protect yourself and your property.

How To Reduce Flooding to 1 in 4,000 Years

Flooding has become a word that strikes fear and anxiousness in the Gulf Coast community. We only have to jog our memory to a few months ago as we witnessed some of the worst flooding in Texas that we have seen in decades. What if someone told you that the risk of coastal flooding could be reduced to 1 in 4,000 years? We can take a lesson from The Netherlands, because they are doing just that.

 

Delta Works

 

 flood controlDelta Works is a series of constructed water barriers built in 1953 after the North Sea Flood in The Netherlands, England, and Belgium. The flood had devastating effects in all three countries, including thousands of lives lost and acres of farmland destroyed. According to Water Technology, “The general idea was to shorten the coastline and convert them into fresh water lakes. Delta Works is comprised of 10,250 miles of dikes and approximately 300 structures.”

 

Project Framework

“The project comprised of laying 13 dams, including barriers, sluices, locks, dikes and levees, to reduce the Dutch coastline’s size and protect the areas within and around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta from North Sea floods. The project was finally completed in 1997, at a cost of $5bn” Water Technology

The Benefits of Delta Works

flood controlIt is often called “The 7th Wonder of the Modern World.” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Since it’s completion in 1997, the Delta Works project has had numerous benefits:

  • Reduced the coastline, lowering the use of dikes
  • Helped drain frequently flooded low areas
  • Provided potable water and fresh water for irrigation
  • Improved travel and trade acting as bridges
  • Generated employment and increased economy as the recreational facilities in the area increased.

 

What This Means for Texas

 

flood controlIn Early September, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, stated that along with the U.S. Army Corps, the Texas government will be highly focused on projects to reduce and limit flooding and storm surge damage. Research has been developing since 2013 to find efficient flood control measures. In these research efforts, the state sent a delegation to the Netherlands to tour and study the Delta Works project to learn and bring back successful strategies to the Texas coast.

 

There is an air of urgency to get these developments going, especially since our Winter looks to be one of heavy rain as a result from this year’s El NinoHydrological Solutions is dedicated to providing flood and water control measures to help protect commercial and residential property. Contact Us today to learn more.