Water Connections: Check Valves That Reduce Flooding, Provide Protection

Sept. 13, 2019
The 790 duckbill is a cost-effective way of reducing flooding in a small residential area.
The Gull River flows through the township of Minden Hill, Ontario. It’s one of the nicest spots to relax in the summer, but the spring freshet can cause the river to increase 1–2 meters. The Township investigated several types of valves for its storm sewer system, including duckbill styles and manual gates, and finally landed on the 790 duckbill valve from Proco Products.

Having just rehabilitated Peck Street in 2017, the city council and staff wanted to protect the new storm sewer system from high water events and provide protection to residents in this area. The valve was very simple to install. One excavator and two staff had the check valve in place and secured within 1.5 hours.

Recently, the valve was put to the test and proved reliable when the town experienced an extreme weather event. Although it doesn’t prevent all flooding in the area, the 790 duckbill was a cost-effective way of reducing flooding in a small residential area, mitigating the majority of water in this intersection. WW

 Proco Products is exhibiting at WEFTEC.19, booth 4227. To learn more, visit www.procoproducts.com.

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