Water Control

Like no other compound known to man.

Water Finds Its Own Level

Covering 71% of Earth’s surface.

As with all other natural compounds, water is ruled by the laws of physics—even though at times it seems to defy these laws. There is no other compound that plays as many different roles as it does –no other compound that is, at once, the source of life and cause of destruction.

Water can exist as an invisible gas – in an evaporated state– or as ice– in a solid state. As a liquid in nature, being pulled by gravity forces its movements – such as in waterfalls and rivers. Pascal’s Principle defines the law as water’s constant way of finding its own level—not resting until it does. Regardless of the shape of the container or the land mass water might be restricted to, water will always find a way to level itself.


“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

The Strenghts of H2O

Water can cause unpredictable disruptions to society whenever water is uncontrolled or found in unprecedented amounts in new areas. The extreme capabilities of Pascal’s principle are in direct relation to the amount of water and the distance the water is moving to reach its level. Together with Archimedes’ principle –ruling the buoyant force– these forces can reach strengths capable of sweeping vehicles off the road and destroying bridges, office buildings, and entire towns.

Even though crushing waves have a certain cinematic effect, water without movement –resting water– has an equal tremendous potential to cause damage. The hydrostatic pressure of water is directly influenced by the depth of the liquid. Once the depth of resting water is accumulated to be high enough, the hydrostatic pressure alone can crumble the foundation of a building

Ryan Gimpel (Portadam Team)

Hear from our team

“I greatly recall the installation of a dam in the Colorado River at the north end of the Grand Canyon. The job was in a very desolate Navajo area, but the river and scenery were breathtaking. There were so many fish that I couldn’t move an inch without bumping into a few at a single time. Our systems are designed to work in an array of locations and are eco-friendly, allowing us to work in sensitive areas. Once removed, the location of the dam is almost unnoticeable.

In my experience, water can be very unpredictable and unforgiving. Underground streams have been the most surprising in my experiences. Once the water is pumped out from behind the dam structure, these streams seem to protrude up from the ground like large anthills.”

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