If you are looking to stop flood water, Andover company J & J Carter has developed a re-useable, recyclable alternative to sandbags to stop the spread of flood water – the Eco-Dam.
The Eco-Dam is a modular, water filled flood barrier that allows the water itself to be used to stop further spreading. All designed and built at the family run business on Walworth Business Park.
As well as selling them worldwide, one of their client’s is currently using two overlapped units at Headbourne Worthy to stop flood water getting into their house.
It’s specially patented design prevents rolling and the overlapping modular design provides extended protection should it be required in a straight line or built to create corners or enclosures.
Whereas using sandbags can require manpower, trucks and supplies, the Eco-Dam can be transported to site in the boot of a car and installed with a hose pipe or pump quickly – a 5 metre long by 600mm barrier can typically be deployed inside 20 minutes on site.
The Eco-Dam took 5 years to develop from an idea by Charlie Carter. “It became a bit of an obsession” he said. “It is a simple idea but there is a lot of design work and testing to make it tough, dutrable and stable“.
“Sandbags are okay but the sand and bags needs to be transported, typically in a truck and then it is time-consuming to fill the sacks and stack them. Then afterwards you have to typically clear the sand away“.
“With the Eco-Dam, once the flood water has receded you just empty the water down the drain then fold it back up and store it.”
Inside, it has 100% high frequency welded seams and is made of PVC coated polyester and if it should get punctured, say by malicious damage, it can be repaired on the spot.
In relation to the flooding, David Cameron announced at Prime Ministers Questions “We will be introducing a grant for all affected homeowners and businesses to build in better flood protection as they repair their properties. That will be up to £5,000 per house and per business.”
Director Robert Carter told Andover Town that the cost of a 13 metre long by 1.2 metre high Eco-Dam would be around £1,800 however because it is re-useable the cost per use comes down the more it is used.
“As well as a flood barrier for water authorities and councils to store in readiness to deploy in the case of impending floods, it can also be used by civil engineering contractors to use as a cofferdam in the re-construction of waterways and rivers” said Robert.
J & J Carter also manufacture canopies and structures and supplied the external canopy for The Lights in Andover and The Malls in Basingstoke.