Understanding Geotextile Tubes – An Effective Dewatering Solution

 In Geosynthetics, Industry Articles, Sediment Filter Bags

Geotextile tubes are used to dewater and reduce the amount of fine-grain sand, soil, dredge waste, sludge, and other material that could be in a given water supply. The dewatering bags minimize waste by removing these materials from the water so they can be disposed of in a physical form. They are made from strong, permeable geotextile fabrics that can withstand the stresses involved with filling and dewatering operations. Several industries, such as water treatment, construction, marine dredging, fracking and shoreline protection rely on geotextile tubes for daily operations. But why are geotextile tubes the preferred choice of so many companies?

Speed and Efficiency

No matter the industry, time is money. Fortunately, geotextile tubes can quickly and efficiently get the job done. They come in different sizes so you can use one that is ideal for your particular project. Multiple fill spouts and pumps can be used to speed up a large-scale dewatering process. Once the water is filtered and pumped out, the waste is already contained within the tube, making it ready for transport and disposal. Other methods must use heavy machinery to move the waste into separate containers, which requires more time and resources. 


Custom Fit

As previously mentioned, geotextile bags can be manufactured specifically for your particular needs. They can be stacked vertically to conserve space and can be custom fit into any roll-off box. When these tubes are uniquely suited for your project, you eliminate the chances of creating extra work for yourself or having an insufficient amount of dewatering equipment.  

Simple to Use

Geotextile tubes are also easier to use than many other systems. All you must do is attach a pump to fill the spouts, which fill the bag until the dewatering process begins. The water drains from the tube and is then either returned to natural waterways or recycled for further use. The geotextile tube also requires less ongoing maintenance than other methods. Their ease of use requires less supervision and manpower, improving a business’s bottom line. 


Industries that require geotextile tubes must do everything they can to reduce their environmental impact. Geotextile tubes don’t use a large amount of power, which conserves energy. They also do not need extra water, reducing the need for potable water. There is no need for heavy gas-powered machinery, which helps minimize air pollution. Finally, the filtered water can go right back into waterways and storm drains without affecting the water quality. This all works to conserve the environment and protect companies from hefty fines associated with commercial pollution.

Superior Materials

Geotextile tubes like EcoTube™ Dumpster Bags are made from high-strength geotextile materials that carry out the dewatering process efficiently. They are extremely durable and can withstand high pH levels and harsh environments while holding their shape. If your company is in need of geotextile tubes, it’s best to go with high-quality EcoTube™ Dumpster Bags.  

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High-End Geotextile Tubes 

If you are looking for high-quality geotextile tubes, make sure you get them from a reputable source. At IWT Cargo-Guard, one size fits all is not our motto.  Different sites have requirements that are unique to the type of sediment and specific requirements of the project. We work with you to get the job done.

Founded with the purpose of developing products to protect our environment, IWT Cargo Guard’s mission is to provide the most cost-effective products for your project. By quickly analyzing the products and services required for the project, we become an extension of your estimating department. Contact us today to discuss your project and how we can work together to protect and strengthen our environment.

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