Type 1 Barrier Maximum Water Velocity
FAQ: What is the maximum current for Type 1 barrier?
Question: I am looking for a Triton Type 1 Turbidity Barrier. I will be placing this silt curtain in a lake and I wanted to make sure that my water velocity was not too fast. What is the maximum for this barrier?
Answer: When using a Type 1 Turbidity Barrier (whether it is the Triton model or another brand) it is typically recommended that your water velocity be as close to zero as possible. These barriers are the lowest available type and are designed specifically for areas where there is little to no moving water. This may include a small pond, swale, lake or other location where there are no waves and very limited water movement.
Moving Water Condition Barriers
If your location is experiencing some moving waters, you may want to consider using a higher strength turbidity barrier, such as our Type 2 or Type 3 models. These barriers are commonly made from tougher materials and are equipped to handle moving water conditions.
The typical recommended maximum flow for a Type 2 Barrier will typically be as follows: 1.5 knots water velocity, 3 foot waves.
Anything that exceeds these conditions will probably need a higher strength option, such as the Type 3 Turbidity Barrier. This is our strongest barrier option and can be used in several different rough water applications.
Additional Factors for Consideration
Other factors that can play a roll in your turbidity or silt control include wave height, amount of silt needing to be contained, tides, and project duration.
If you are unsure of which type barrier would work best in your location, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to discuss your water conditions with you to find the best solution.