By Emmie V. Abadilla
An Irish flood protection provider, All Weather Industries (AWI), recently partnered with local firm Scottsdale Corporation to launch “an off-the-shelf, easy to install quality flood protection barrier” in the Philippines.
AWI first launched Dam Easy Flood Barriers in Ireland and in the United Kingdom two years ago. To date, the product is sold in 28 countries through 21 distribution partners worldwide and is also available online.
“Dam Easy is a unique patented Irish design, being the first barrier with a unique pneumatic seal requiring no tools or fixings or sealant to install. These barriers are made of recyclable, high performance and impact-resistant ABS plastic and have gone through rigorous certification in Germany,” AWI CEO and co-founder Brian Mooney explained.
“Ireland is prone to floods like its neighboring countries in Europe . The product is designed to help householders and is better than the traditional sandbag method of preventing floods,” added Dam Easy Asia Pacific President Greg Shenton.
The Dam Easy Flood Barrier has been a finalist for both the Flood Resilient and Innovation in Flood Protection Awards at the Global Flood Expo London in 2017.
All barriers are individually tank tested and certified by EVH in Germany.
Packed in reusable bags, they can be easily installed to their full width in a span of four minutes.
Scottsdale Corporation manages and operates the sole distribution of the flood solution in the Philippines.
Interestingly, the local distributor came across the product online.
“Several years ago, during heavy rains that flooded Metro Manila, our house in Taytay was under water,” according to Scottsdale Corporation President Cheriza Manalang. Then last year, she came across a Facebook viral video on the Dam Easy Flood Barrier and decided to use it to protect her home.
Dam Easy Flood Barriers are now being used, not just by local households but also by business establishments who incur losses due to flooding.