Clackmananshire Council

CSI Products supply Clackmannanshire Council with hydrosacks and hydrosnakes for flood protection project.

Clackmannanshire Council is a local authority service a community of over 48,000 citizens throughout central Scotland. The Council is responsible for services across Clackmannanshire including education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care, libraries, waste management and trading standards.

Clackmannanshire Council wanted to ensure that their employees were properly prepared for flooding through planning and training exercises.

The council discovered CSI Products through our Flood Products website and ordered a number of hydrosacks and hydrosnakes for their flood protection project.

Hydrosacks and hydrosnakes are used as highly effective flood barriers protecting against the threat of flooding in domestic and commercial properties. They are a modern and eco-friendly substitute to sandbags.

Weighing only half a kilo before contact with water  (less than 10% of the weight of a sandbag) and with built-in handles, hydrosacks and hydrosnakes are easy to transport and set up. Hydrosacks and snakes also fold flat when dry, making them suitable for bulk storage so that the Council can react quickly in the event of possible flooding.

Composed of pulp and super absorbent polymer (SAP), hydrosacks can absorb up to 20 litres of water before they crystallise. Once fully inflated with clean water, they will act as an effective barrier without leaking or absorbing any floodwater.  Even when fully inflated, hydrosacks are very supple and can fit easily into openings and doorwells to provide resistance against flooding.

Each sack can hold its inflated weight for three months. When the council has finished using them, they can deposit the contents into soil beds, as hydrosacks do not retain any potentially disease-ridden floodwater. SAP is even known to help stimulate plant growth.


Project Details

  • Client : Clackmannanshire Council
  • Location : Clackmannanshire
  • Sector : Public Sector
  • Project Value :
  • Scope of Works : Flood protection products

The hydrosacks and hydrosnakes from CSI Products have helped Clackmannanshire Council to be better prepared in the event of a flood. Council staff, many of whom are responsible for caring for vulnerable groups, now have some assurance that there are processes in place to protect against flooding.  These flood products also provide the council with a simple and cost-effective way to make their operations are more environmentally friendly.


CSI’s hydrosacks and hydrosnakes were used by council staff in a flood defence training exercise. We found the products easy to use and fit for purpose. Since the exercise with CSI’s flood protection products, we have noticed a marked change in staff at the local authority old people’s homes, who now have more confidence in their ability to deal with floods. We would most definitely recommend CSI as we found them helpful and easy to do business with. We are actually looking to purchase more from the company once we have completed our assessment as the council wants to be proactive in relation to flood prevention.

Fergus Lindsay Property Manager Clackmanashire Council




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