Most communities rely on spillways to control at least a portion of the local water storage and supply, so finding efficient ways to manage these structures that are both dependable and cost-effective is critical. With the addition of cable concrete mats, your community will have something in place that not only regulates the flow of floodwaters, but will serve as a sure way to stabilize and protect against erosion as well.
What are spillways?
A spillway’s main function is to control the amount and flow of water that is being held in a reservoir. As flood water collects, this storage space dwindles, and eventually this excess water will need to be released safely into the body of water below. This operation can either be controlled through mechanically operated gates that are manually released as needed, or through an uncontrolled method in which the water spills over into the area below naturally once the flood water level has creeped up over the crest or lip of the storage space. Spillways are most frequently used in conjunction with dams, but they can be built and operated independently to control storm water runoff in smaller applications.
If it weren’t for spillways, flooding would be a constant problem, particularly when the reservoir is taking in large volumes of water due to storms or other weather systems. It is important that the water is released in a controlled manner, which spillway design helps to accomplish. If too much water is released downstream at one time, dangerous flooding could be the result and the nearby areas might have to deal with erosion, problems with the surrounding ecosystems and potential restoration of the damaged areas.
There are many variations of controlled and uncontrolled spillways that are employed throughout the country, but if you are looking for the most reliable option available to encompass your spillway, consider the stability and accommodation that cable concrete mats can provide.
The cable concrete system offers superior protection
Because so much damage can be caused by inefficient or poorly constructed spillways, a structure that is strong, durable, weather resistant and safe needs to be used to reinforce a spillway that will last. Cable concrete blocks contain all of these important characteristics and can be clamped together to serve as one uniform erosion protection system, making it ideal for use as a quick-release overflow spillway. This innovative technology can also be anchored in place for additional stability and protection with high tensile strength earth anchors, which is particularly important for spillway systems that are holding and controlling flood water flow.
Careful planning is needed for new spillways, because poor construction can lead to a number of problems for everything that lies below. If you are interested in learning more about the cable concrete system that has been tested thoroughly to ensure that it can stand the test of time, contact us at International Erosion Control Systems Inc. Offering solutions for communities since 1984, you can trust us to protect the areas and localities that are important. Give us a call right away to learn more!