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Making waves in Dorset

Posted: Wednesday 6th May 2015

Homeowners Mr and Mrs Bosanquet of a 17th Century Cottage in Winterborne, Dorset suffered terribly from the 2014 floods. This resulted in them having a moat around their home for the best part of three months caused by high levels of groundwater continually being fed by the river.

“Being by a river the Environment Agency were very helpful and bit by bit we found partial solutions, but nothing seemed totally fool-proof for the long term…until we discovered My Private Ark.” (Homeowner)

Alexis Smith CEO of My Private Ark started this innovative voyage by testing her initial idea in a bucket with some sand, to developing this engineered solution with the worlds lead in Urban Flooding, Čedo Maksimović of Imperial College, London.

Alexis’ brainwave is in essence quite simple; rather than trying to protect a home from coping with an inflow of water; be it surface water, groundwater, coastal or flash flooding, just stop the water from reaching the property.

My Private Arks’ engineered solution, is an invisible Ark around the property. As water levels rise around and under the property, My Private Arks’ Sahara Drainage System drains excess water to an underground sump. The water in the sump is then pumped back away from the property, maintaining a completely dry environment. The automatic pump in turn lowers the water table around the protected property. This ensures the property to be guaranteed flood free.

Alexis Smith CEO “We have an opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and we are dedicated to achieving this. Our company mission is to “Provide Innovative Ideas to Aid Society”.

This Revolutionary Flood Defence System is installed by the teams on the ground, Flood Defence Engineers. It is invisible flood protection to blend in with your original environment. With automatic sensors the system works without the homeowner and its accurate alert system informs you of the water levels underneath the property, with alerts being sent to the homeowner and our trained team.

Our Rapid Response team offers support to the property owners and are on call 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

“MPA had the right ingredients. Then added to this (a) finding that the system had been designed for MPA by Professor Čedo Maksímovic of Imperial College, London, one of the most renowned hydrologists, who advises governments, cities and industries all over the world on water management issues, (b) the 24/7 remote monitoring for peace of mind, plus (c) the availability of a long-term guarantee against ever flooding in the future underwritten by Triple A insurance, the decision was a no-brainer” (Homeowner)

My Private Ark is the only company in the world to offer a Flood Free Guarantee backed by a Triple-A rated insurance broker.

“Not only should we have saved the value of the house from being severely discounted for flood risk, but we have now undoubtedly added value significantly too.” (Homeowner)




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