Water is a powerful force of nature. Without reliable control, water currents can cause extensive damage to buildings, roadways, and equipment. It’s important for businesses, especially construction sites, to have a way to guard against rising water levels. The best solution is a temporary water barrier, providing comprehensive protection for as long as you need it.
Why Temporary Water Barriers?
One of the best temporary water barriers available is a water-inflated cofferdam installed in or near a body of water. Designed to encapsulate surrounding water, inflated barriers can be installed in a certain area and emptied once the project is complete. Between dewatering and preventing water intrusion, temporary water barriers provide a number of advantages to meet your specific needs. Discover why your construction site will benefit from the addition of a water barrier.
- Quick Installation
- Readily Available
1) Quick Installation
Save time and money with a system to quickly remove water hindering your project. By taking advantage of the available water, temporary water barriers can expertly dewater an area in little time. Deployment is simple and can be completed in standing water, moving water, or dry surfaces near bodies of water. Additionally, environmentally-friendly materials and installation will ensure that surrounding plants and animals aren’t harmed in the process.
Pro Tip: Stay safe in dynamic water levels with Aqua-Barrier’s unique internal baffle system. The system is designed to lock into place and maintain stability, regardless of water pressure.
2) Readily Available
Rent or buy a barrier when you need it. Temporary water barriers can be easily transported to a new location in little time, helping you control any flow of water. During times of extreme weather or when construction projects are scheduled without notice, this versatility is a great advantage. By being readily available, you can focus on your task at hand knowing you’ve been equipped with flood protection.
Prepare for your next project with a barrier that can be reused. Designed with industrial-grade materials, temporary water-filled barriers are designed to be reused over and over again. With extended use, initially investing in a barrier will end up saving you money in the long run. As an additional advantage, Aqua-Barrier is designed with fabric that can easily be repaired in wet or dry conditions.
Your Dewatering Solution
What kind of project is on your to-do list? From bridge repairs to shoreline restoration, choosing a reliable way to remove ground or surface water is a good first step. That being said, it’s crucial for your business to choose a dewatering solution that will last for years to come. Invest in an Aqua-Barrier, the trusted temporary flood barrier for various construction applications.
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Compared to traditional cofferdams, the Aqua-Barrier is a proven alternative for dewatering construction sites. From building a bridge to installing a culvert pipe, having a versatile water control solution is crucial for any construction crew. That being said, Aqua-Barrier offers a number of design configurations to meet the specifications of any worksite. Are you aware of the top reliable design configurations?
Types of Cofferdam Design Formations
Depending on your worksite, there may be environmental or structural elements to consider when installing your Aqua-Barrier. In addition, special accommodations might be needed based on whether you’re working with a river, stream, lake, or ocean. To adequately seal your worksite from water intrusion, it’s important to install your inflatable water dam in a particular way. Consider the following four design formations to meet your project’s needs.
- Complete Enclosure
- Partial Block
Great for pipe repairs or areas with low water depths, the tee-pee design configuration (as seen in the title photo) involves two Aqua-Barriers placed on top of one another. By blocking the entire span of the stream or river, construction crews can safely perform their work without water leaking through.
2) Complete Enclosure
Is access to the shoreline unavailable? Will your Aqua-Barrier be used to create a large space with water surrounding on all sides? Apply a complete enclosure design with water dams on each side, you can form four sides to seal off a designated workspace.
Pro Tip: When your project is complete and water control is no longer needed, use our EZ-Roller system to disassemble any water dam configuration.
Whether you’re building underneath the riverbed or water depths, having a reliable way to block water on either side of a river is crucial. Install a bank-to-bank design configuration, also known as a “canal block”, with Aqua-Barriers on either side of a worksite to create a dry area.
4) Partial Block
For those building a boat ramp or digging underground on the edge of a shoreline, a partial block design is necessary. Use three or more Aqua-Barriers to keep easily create a new water edge alongside your worksite.
Choosing the Best Configuration
Which design configuration is right for your next project? Depending on the size of your work area and the type of construction project, your water control needs might vary from project to project. Keep your requirement limits in mind and determine what placement will give you the most workspace. With user-friendly installation and versatile applications, the Aqua-Barrier is proven to be the best water control solution on the market.
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If you work in construction, you know how important a dry worksite can be. Dewatering the construction site prior to beginning work allows the site to be safer by lowering the risk of accidents, firms the soil where work will be conducted, and it also helps the environment by removing standing water that can be a target for mosquitos and toxins.
Construction Projects and Dewatering Precautions
Dewatering is needed on nearly all construction sites. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also help protect the environment. It is important to consider some dewatering precautions before getting started on a project. Here are a few to remember:
- Water should never be pumped directly into slopes.
- Discontinue dewatering if the area shows signs of instability or erosion.
- Channels used for dewatering need to be steady and protected by grass and vegetation.
- Never dewater during heavy rains. The water and infiltration rate will be slower during the dewatering process or it will not function entirely.
- Never discharge water that contains oil, grease, or chemical products.
- Make sure to acquire any additional permits from state, local, or federal agencies.
There are many dewatering methods to get the dry worksite you need for your construction project. These vary from open excavation, trenches, gravity drainage channels, and also inflatable cofferdams. 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.
ProTip: An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags that is environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective.
Ensure Safety with Dewatering Precautions
Whether you are working on a bridge repair, pipeline construction, sediment control, or shoreline restorations, keeping your work site safe requires dewatering and following the dewatering precautions above.
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