Silt containment booms are major pieces of aquatic systems designed to lessen physical water pollution by controlling sediment and silt. A silt containment boom, also commonly referred to as floating silt curtain, floating silt barrier, turbidity curtain or simply silt boom, is made from Geotextile.
You can see the float sitting on top of the water surface but beneath the water is the skirt sitting vertically to the water surface. This is where soil contaminants are trapped and as such, are prevented from wandering past the barrier. So, with such environmental protection equipment, the water impurities and wastes, instead of migrating, fall to the bottom of the aquatic floor within the limits of the water column.
Another significant function of these floating aquatic barriers is that they prevent water from becoming ‘murky’ during project operations like dredging, excavation, piling and even during construction on or near the shore.
Silt Containment Boom: Different Styles
Various styles and types of silt containment booms have been made to serve the same purpose and that is, mainly to mitigate the risk of water pollution.
Marine Containment Boom
Possible water pollutants like oil spill and debris get trapped inside this type of silt containment boom which is also capable of containing rubbish and aquatic weeds growing inside waterways. There are likewise what’s known as ‘baffles’ that serve as barriers in an aquatic system so that the quality of water is retained.
Floating Containment Boom
This style of containment barrier traps floating trash and debris including free-floating liquid spills. This instrument is equally useful when installed prior to the start of a project since this containment style is capable of protecting suction lines so that no liquid spills can accidentally happen at the construction site. If your company is having a future project, make this device a major part of your spill response for oil spill management and oil containment.
Spill Response and Control
Liquid spills differ in nature for example, spills in the workplace, oil spills, storm water, etc. These are considered serious threats to the health and safety not only of workers but also of the machinery and equipment at the workplace and including the environment, if not properly managed and controlled. This could result in great financial losses for a certain company if the spills are not responded to in due time. There are manual and automated systems for spill control including spill kits to control oil and fuel spills available in the market today.
Erosion, silt and other contaminants can be prevented from entering the waterways with this style of containment boom. Products like silt socks and silt fences have been tested as an effective strategy in managing and controlling sediment and erosion. Further, if you want to divert water or protect channels or drains, this style of containment boom is most suitable.