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Posted: Tuesday 22nd May 2012

A brand new innovation in water management – the HydroSnake – is set to reinvent the way water utility companies prevent against excess leakage from cracks in pipes and reservoirs and to protect against water damage.

Until now, the only option for conserving water and minimising damage to the surrounding environment has been to use heavy sandbags, which are ineffective, labour intensive and a potential health hazard. In contrast, the HydroSnake is an easy-to-use, lightweight and environmentally-friendly invention, which promises to revolutionise water management in the UK.

Its launch comes soon after utility companies were lambasted in a new ‘leak league table’ published by Ofwat, the economic regulator of water and sewage in the UK, which claimed that 665 million litres of water are being wasted every day, despite the drought and recently introduced hosepipe ban.

The, HydroSnake, and its sister product the HydroSack, are made with a non-woven fabric that covers pads of super absorbent polymer (SAP). Weighing just short of a kilo,

the bags are extremely lightweight, making them easy to deploy into position for simple point-of-flood protection. Upon contact with water, the SAP crystallises, dramatically increasing in size and weight, absorbing up to 20 litres. It then acts as an effective barrier against further flood water.

Being lightweight and easy to transport, they can quickly stop evading water from leaking water systems. The HydroSnake can also be used to channel water helping to prevent against potential hazards where drains and major leaks are involved.

David Sallon, creator of the HydroSnake, said: “Sandbags have been used for hundreds of years, despite them being highly inefficient. They are cumbersome, difficult to store, leak water and store toxins from flood water. Our aim was to create something that is much more effective and will revolutionise the way water management companies prevent excessive flooding.”

David continued: “At a critical time, the HydroSnake’s implementation could help save money, minimise damage and conserve precious water reserves for the nation. We are already working with a number of water management companies in the UK and have seen demand increase, as the problem with leaks and localised flooding continues. The HydroSnake is possibly the most important development in water management since the invention of the sandbag.”

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