Mar 29, 2013

Check Valve Eliminates Coastal Flooding

A major coastal city in Florida had been experiencing problems with high-tide water overtaxing storm water pipes that were located in a densely populated beach area, causing the streets to flood. As part of an infrastructure improvement project to stop the flooding, the city installed numerous inline check valves.

For several years, the city has been successfully using Tideflex TF-1 check valves for flood control and back-flow prevention. Because the location of this pipeline is adjacent to a condominium and on a canal where there is heavy boat traffic, the city preferred to have a valve that would be recessed inside the pipeline. The CheckMate inline check valve with its low headloss characteristics was the ideal choice. 

The valve was easy for the city to install. It was simply inserted into the pipe and clamped into place. No modification to the pipe or structure was required in order to install the valve, resulting in cost savings.      

In addition to the 72-in. CheckMate valve, one 54-in., two 48-in., and one 24-in inline check valves were also supplied. These were furnished in an elliptical configuration, which made them easily adapted to use in the city’s existing elliptical pipelines.

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