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English translation: erosion traps

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00:13 Jul 17, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase: avaloir
"avaloirs" seem to be used specifically in an agricultural context, and seem to resemble irrigation cannals; they are used on farmed land near bodies of water and their function is (exclusively?) to prevent soil erosion, especially with a view to preventing or reducing the discharge of contaminants into the waterways.
Ron Ross
English translation:erosion traps
Explanation:
Generally speaking, the term "avaloir" is used to describe a gully hole, the head of a drain pipe, or even a fish-trap or fish-weir. But according to the Gestion Technologie Agricole web site, below (which has a great color photo of one), avaloirs are perforated devices that are installed vertically in drainage ditches to catch soil in suspension in the water and so prevent erosion. ("Erosion trap" is one of those elliptical English phrases, like "fire protection," that seem to say the opposite of what they mean.) -- HTH, HC
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Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 19:19
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Thanks very much for an excellent answer. In the interim, before receiving your reply, I did find one translation of "avaloir" from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Web site - "riser pipe" (for "avaloir surélevé") - in a document published in both languages and having a rather schematic drawing of the overall setup (http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/english/engineer/facts/89-167.htm). In the present context, I much prefer "erosion traps," as it is more descriptive.
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naFloor drainTelesforo Fernandez
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erosion traps


Explanation:
Generally speaking, the term "avaloir" is used to describe a gully hole, the head of a drain pipe, or even a fish-trap or fish-weir. But according to the Gestion Technologie Agricole web site, below (which has a great color photo of one), avaloirs are perforated devices that are installed vertically in drainage ditches to catch soil in suspension in the water and so prevent erosion. ("Erosion trap" is one of those elliptical English phrases, like "fire protection," that seem to say the opposite of what they mean.) -- HTH, HC


    Reference: http://www.agr.gouv.qc.ca/dgpar/sites/r16e/gta/sept99/art3.h...
Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 19:19
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 953
Grading comment
Thanks very much for an excellent answer. In the interim, before receiving your reply, I did find one translation of "avaloir" from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Web site - "riser pipe" (for "avaloir surélevé") - in a document published in both languages and having a rather schematic drawing of the overall setup (http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/english/engineer/facts/89-167.htm). In the present context, I much prefer "erosion traps," as it is more descriptive.
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Floor drain


Explanation:
SEE THE VERSION IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH :
Flush and disinfect floor drains and sump pits using
undiluted chlorine bleach, and scrub them to remove greasy
dirt and grime. Clean footing drains outside the foundation if
necessary.

Rincez à grande eau et désinfectez l'avaloir de sol ou le
puisard avec un agent de blanchiment non dilué, puis
frottez pour enlever la saleté graisseuse et la crasse. Au
besoin, nettoyez les drains de fondation à l'extérieur.


    Reference: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/cgi-cmhc/frfrmsite.pl?target=/pub...
Telesforo Fernandez
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PRO pts in pair: 216
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