Kiddie pools – not just for kids

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kiddie pools used to protect the river from
accidental fuel leaks from generators and pumps
Photo courtesy WSDOT


Every summer, the kiddie pools come out.

But here at WSDOT - they don't have a season!

We use them year-round on WSDOT projects because we don’t want to risk fuel spilling from a generator or pump into the ground or water.

At some point, someone came up with great idea of placing generators and pumps in kiddie pools. They’re just the right size and they’ll contain leaks.

It’s an inexpensive way to prevent a bigger problem.

In the photo, the kiddie pools are being used to protect the Pilchuck River west of Granite Falls while water is pumped from the right side of the rubber dam to the other. The water is being drained so crews can stabilize the eroding riverbank before it undermines SR 92.

You can see more pictures of the riverbank stabilization project on our Flickr page.


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