Choosing a Turbidity BarrierMade in the USA by GEI Works

FAQ: How Do I Choose the Right Type of Barrier?

choosing the right turbidity barrier for your site conditions is importantQuestion: I need helping choosing a turbidity barrier. I see several options here and I'm wondering how to know which type of turbidity barrier I need?

Answer: When choosing a Turbidity Barrier, typically the type needed is chosen based on your water and site conditions. While options like the Type 1 are perfect for calm water applications, moving waters will require higher strength options such as the Type 2 or the Type 3 Turbidity Barrier.

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Turbidity Barrier Site Considerations

In order to provide an accurate turbidity barrier assessment for our clients, we will normally request the following site considerations information:

  • Site Conditions
  • Water Velocity
  • Waves (height, frequency, etc)
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Tides
  • Soil Type (contaminated?)
  • Project Duration
  • Site Specific Requirements and Project Specifications

In addition, if the project is environmental remediation, like pcb (heavy metals) removal, capping or brownfields (coal tar) site development, we may suggest a site survey/walk to get an in-depth understanding of the entire requirements.

Take a look at our Turbidity Curtain Comparison Chart to help you choose.

Turbidity Curtain Applications

turbidity curtain deployedIn general, the turbidity curtains are designed for several general conditions based on their type. The following can be seen as a general guide as to how and where each type can be used:

  • Type 1 Turbidity Curtain: The Type 1 is ideal for calm water applications, such as roadside swales, small ponds, and lakes.

  • Type 2 Turbidity Curtain: The Type 2 is the medium-level barrier and is used in several moving water conditions up to 1.5 knots and 36" waves. This includes use around dredging areas, rivers, lakes, and more.

  • Type 3 Turbidity Curtain: The Type 3 is the highest strength option and is designed for the most demanding water conditions, such as intercoastal waterways, bays, harbors, and large lakes.

GEI Works is dedicated to providing superior performance products that get the job done well. We work closely with our client project teams to determine the best deployment configuration and approach for a site specific application.

Questions about selecting a turbidity barrier? Call our sales team at: 1-772-646-0597 or contact us to discuss your project.