The Water-Gate is a temporary flood barrier which is unique in the way that once rolled out, it self deploys.
It uses the weight of the water to hold the water back. The water lifts the top of the barrier whilst at the same time weighing the base down, forming a seal. By utilising this unique self-opening method, it reduces the time, effort and number of people required to install it, making this a truly rapid flood or water diversion barrier.
It is highly portable and takes up limited storage space. The system is highly effective in strength, stability, function, ease of deployment and storage when compared with other flood defence products on the market such as sandbags, water filled barriers, booms etc. It is very versatile and can be used on flat or uneven surfaces.
We believe the system can provide an efficient and effective fast response resource when dealing with emergency response situations.
The flood barriers are already used by homeowners, Water Companies, and the Environment Agency.
Depending on the model, the weight exerted by the water is up to 4 times more in the vertical than horizontal, thus ensuring the security of the barrier on the ground. It has been designed and tested to work on surfaces including gravel, grass, asphalt, etc.
The Water-Gate Barrier is available in four styles: WL, WP, WA or WT. The Barrier codes are as follows:
1st two letters are the style of barrier: WL/WP/WA/WT
1st two numbers are the height of the barrier in inches
2nd two numbers are the length of the barrier in feet
The WL Barrier is designed for flood control. This is our most popular water barrier. It is very hard wearing and designed for regular use with fast deployment. It has built in weights along the leading edge as ballast and once rolled out is ready for use. If the barrier is likely to be driven over often, we recommend the WL. The WL barrier is used by councils, water companies and the Environment Agency. We do not know of a product that can be deployed quicker.
Thanks to the Water-Gate’s modular design, units can be joined together to create the desired length. They can be used on different terrains, offering protection between two walls or an embankment, as a u-shape on sloping terrain, or for 360° protection around a site. It is important to make sure that the barrier is not outflanked.
The ends of the Water-Gate can rest on a wall
The ends of the Water-Gate can rest on a gradient
Perimeter protection of up to 360º, in some instances covering several hundred metres
Water-Gate Barriers take up limited storage space and can be loaded into a vehicle for transport to site.
Single barriers come in a roll for easy storage and quick deployment. Barriers can be supplied pre-joined for rapid deployment for long lengths, in made to measure boxes. Depending on the size, the boxes can be supplied on wheels, or moved by forklift, pallet truck or trailer.
Singular barriers come in a roll for easy storage and quick deployment. In September 2015, the Water-Gate WL Flood Barrier was awarded FM Approval, a worldwide accreditation. This was following extensive testing by the US Army Corp of Engineers. The barrier was subjected to a full riverine test, along with factory inspections, where all the individual components and processes were inspected.
The Water-Gate was tested as a Temporary Barrier and obtained Silver certification from FM Approvals. Products with FM Approval are recognised around the World as temporary flood risk reduction products. The Water-Gate has proved itself to be an effective tool in both real life situations, along with extreme testing. WL39, WL50 and WL60 barriers are accredited.
It is a common misconception that sandbags are a cost-effective method of flood defence.
Sandbags are often used as a defence method for flooding, but their success is questionable at best.
In Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the 2007 floods he states ‘The Review was unable to obtain any significant evidence that sandbags were particularly effective during the 2007 summer floods’. Sandbags can be used effectively as weights, but surely it is time to embrace the newer proven Water-Gate barrier?
After 4 floods in 16 years, the Water-Gate Barrier was used in November and December 2012. The relief when it prevented what would have been a 5th and 6th flood was enormous. The best part is the piece of mind that follows.
Pam, Nottingham Resident
I would not hesitate to recommend Flood Protection Solutions, a very professional and detailed service.
Neil, Hebden Bridge Resident
The service that was provided was very good, communications were excellent, and they dealt with our issues in a very responsive and professional manner.
Trevor Palmer, Sellafield Ltd