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The Science of Diverting Water

As we all learnt in our high school science classes, water will flow from the highest volume to an area of least volume. This has necessitated the development of various means of diverting water in built up areas to prevent floods and damage that the uncontrolled flow of water can cause. Drainage ditches are perhaps the simplest way in which we can divert water and can simply be dug in gardens or places where water tends to build-up.

Canals are used in much the same fashion but on a much larger scale. Water that is collected in storm water drains and other drainage ditches are channelled into a canal that will divert the water from our towns and cities. The water can then be sent of to an area such as a dam or river where it can be collected and re-distributed to our homes through a complex underground piping system.

Using this means of drainage does not require any power or pumps to drive the water but relies on the above scientific principle. Gravity also plays a role in diverting water and building canals and drainage ditches at an angle will force the water to flow downhill and ensure that it goes where we want it to go. It is therefore important to stay well clear of all canals as they are designed to draw water towards them and can experience periods of flash flooding that are contained by the canal walls, but are nonetheless extremely dangerous.

Remember that water is the most destructive force in nature and to treat any great volume with respect. Keep your property and your loved ones safe and get professional advice on how to divert water correctly and flowing in the right direction.

You can find out more about diverting water and the many ways we use to achieve this goal simply by contacting us.