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Temporary Water Dams Serve Many Purposes

From prehistoric beaver dams to modern cofferdams, temporary water dams have provided the means to contain waterways and/or control their flow and direction. For the beaver, they also were home.

Temporary water dams - beaver dam

Fig. 1 – A classic beaver dam and its occupants

 

Today’s temporary water dams are primarily used to hold back flood waters or to provide a dry environment for a project to proceed. Examples of temporary water dams are cofferdams (also coffer dams) and sandbags. There also are permanent water dams that include levees, locks and seawalls.

Temporary water Dams - A Dam-it Dams Cofferdam

Fig. 2 – A Dam-It Dams’ cofferdam serves the same purpose without the comforts of home.

 

Temporary Water Dam Applications

There are many applications for temporary water dams, especially cofferdams. One company – Dam-It Dams, Inc. – offers patented, portable, water-filled Cofferdams that provide effective and cost-efficient solutions for these major types of situations that they call the 3-Ds of water control:

Dewatering

De-watering, unwatering and water control are common terms used to describe the removal or drainage of ground or surface water, typically on a construction site. This technique is often required before subsurface excavation for such things as foundations, shoring, cellar space and repairs to existing water structures.

Examples of Dewatering water-control situations include:

  • Boat ramp repairs
  • Bridge repairs
  • Dredging
  • Environmental remediation
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Wetland protection

Diversion

Diversion is the temporary (or sometimes permanent) re-routing of water. It may be required to initiate a project and/or allow a project to proceed.

Examples of Diversion water-control situations include:

  • Bridge repairs
  • Dredging
  • Environmental remediation
  • Flood control
  • River crossings
  • River flow
  • Spillways
  • Wetland protection

Damming

Damming is the process of creating a barrier that holds back water. The barrier may be needed to maintain water table levels, collect water for storage and prevent water from crossing established/safety threshholds.

Examples of Damming water-control situations include:

  • Bridge repairs
  • Canals
  • Cold weather projects
  • Dredging
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental remediation
  • Flood control
  • Flood protection
  • Shoreline protection
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Spillways
  • Wetland protection

Dam-It Dams Cofferdams Are Preferred

There are two primary reasons Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams are preferred by contractors worldwide:

  • Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams work with Mother Nature, not against her. They create effective water barriers that leave no – or only a minimal – footprint on the environment.
  • Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams are industrial strength and reusable to minimize additional investment costs.

Finally, Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams are immediately available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate virtually every project manager’s needs. Contact them today for more information and a free quote. Click here damitdams.com to go to their Home Page.

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