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Fertilizer containment measures are regulated at the federal, state, and county level in most parts of the country.
If you’re used to only ordering fertilizer for short-term storage in totes or mobile tanks, you may not know much about the different levels of protection needed for long-term holding.
If you’re spreading fertilizers out over hundreds or thousands of acres of open fields, you might be wondering why the materials need so much special handling at all.
Storing fertilizer on the farm may ensure availability whenever it’s needed most, but it does come with a few challenges.
Farmers are far from limited in their options for storing fertilizer on site at the farm.
It’s all too easy for sheet and gully erosion to develop while no one’s watching.
Once erosion begins, it can accelerate unexpectedly when there’s a particularly heavy rain or strong wind.
While it’s always possible that erosion will occur due to a major natural disaster, like a flood or historic storm, many of these issues are predictable and perfectly preventable.
In the strictest sense, erosion is simply the movement of soil from its original position on a surface.
Putting a liner in your cistern, whether you install it during initial construction or years later, will make maintenance easier for the lifespan of the structure.
Like many other ponds and tanks designed to store water, cisterns rely on a complex fit of plumbing connections and pumps to both fill the storage area and empty it when needed.
It’s easy to assume that a brand-new fiberglass tank, or freshly excavated pond, will hold water perfectly from day one.
Once you’ve decided you want to restore an existing cistern rather than building a new one, you need to choose the right lining product.
Finding a buried or above-ground cistern can be surprising and somewhat dismaying for home and business owners.
Underground cavities, in-ground ponds, and above-ground ponds all qualify as cisterns if they’re used for holding rainwater or fresh water.
Cisterns are used for both potable and non-potable purposes. Potable is another term for water that is clean and sanitary enough to drink.
With such a long history of use, many people assume that cisterns are an old-fashioned design only used as tourist attractions in Roman ruins.
Geomembranes are designed to support roadways and reinforce retaining walls, so they also work great for keeping ponds and catchment basins watertight and easy to maintain.
Geomembranes, in particular, are challenging to choose correctly.
While geosynthetics do offer a lot of benefits for large grading and earth moving projects, they’re not always required by every design.
As with functions and characteristics, many geosynthetics also share common material composition.
With an umbrella term, covering so many distinct types of products with very different purposes and features, it’s easy to get confused and mistake one type of geosynthetic for another.
Regardless of the type of material, all geosynthetics provide at least one of the following five major functions.
Geosynthetics are defined as polymers shaped into planar materials for the purposes of reinforcing and improving soil conditions.
Industrial and mining wastewater, in particular, is some of the harshest and most corrosive material in need of storage.