Temporary Water Dams

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.

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 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:

Cofferdam Temporary Dam 1
Fig. 1 – A classic beaver dam and its occupants
Temporary Cofferdam RIver Crossing 2
Fig. 2 – A Dam-It Dams’ cofferdam serves the same purpose without the comforts of home.

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.