Just Add Water: When Mother Nature unleashes her fury many people still reach for sand bags and aspirin, however there is a better, quicker, more environmentally sustainable way.

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AIRE Industrial, a Meridian, Idaho based company, designed one of the first successful flood diversion tubes that is good-to-go within minutes of delivery to the site without the use of sand bags and back-breaking labor.

Flood Diversion Tubes The Sandbag Alternative

Fllood Diversion Tubes - Sandbag Alternative

Environmentally sustainable sandbag alternative

The beauty of the design is the simplicity.The AIRE Diversion Tube™ stores flat but when filled with water from a garden hose, fire hydrant or water tanker, it becomes operational within minutes and is easily moved into place.

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that each year approximately 90 percent of all disaster-related property damage results from flooding. Over the past decade, the average flood claim in the United States has been more than $46,000 with yearly totals averaging $3.5 billion per year” This does not begin to address the high cost of environmental damage to native habitat caused by erosion and silt contamination from construction site run-off.

Getting the design right
During the initial design process, AIRE engineers tested numerous materials then chose to use an industrial grade, coated, 22 ounce PVC material that is well suited to commercial, industrial and governmental agency applications. An AIRE senior engineer explained, “Our criteria was to find a material that would contain water for long periods even in hot and cold temperatures, be abrasion resistant so as to be able to hold up to typical construction site use and yet, still remain flexible enough when filled that the AIRE Diversion Tube™ can be bent or formed around objects to create the desired water channel”.

Environmental Impact
Sandbags are a dilemma, though incredibly useful to stave off floods, the aftermath of clean up can be a logistical and hazmat nightmare. Sandbags are a one-use item that must be disposed of after an event. The usual disposal area is the local landfill. However, if the bags are contaminated, it takes a special hazardous waste cleanup. Using flood diversion tubes eliminates the need to jam up landfills with bag waste. The flood tubes can be disinfected if needed, rolled up and used repeatedly.

The tubes are available in sizes from 6” to 12” in diameter and in standard lengths from 6 feet to 150 feet long. In addition, the flood diversion tube can be fitted together for longer lengths. AIRE is available to work on custom designs and projects.

For more information contact AIRE Industrial at 2021 E Wilson Lane, Meridian, ID, by phone at 800-247-3846 or via the Web site at http://www.aireindustrial.net

ABOUT AIRE INDUSTRIAL- The founders of AIRE Industrial are outdoor enthusiasts, protectors of the environment, and take pride in using American sourced materials and keeping jobs local. AIRE Industrial offers a complete line of portable secondary containment berms, flexible storage tanks and bladders as well as spill kits and containment products. AIRE Industrial has offices in Idaho, Washington, North Dakota, and partners in Europe, Asia, North Africa, New Zealand, The Middle East and South America. AIRE Industrial is a division of AIRE Inc. AIRE Inc. is the largest inflatable boat manufacturer in the U.S. and is recognized around the world as the premier builder and innovator of water recreation crafts. The majority of professional river guides trust their lives and reputation on the quality and durability of AIRE inflatable boats and personal recreation craft.

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