There are many benefits of a construction pond, and they span many industries.
Construction ponds are ideal for water storage, such as in agriculture or construction sites where regulations aim to control air particulates. They are also helpful for separating different types of water on the same property. For example, multiple ponds might be used in agricultural settings or for wastewater treatment, with one pond for clean water and another for fertilized or treated water. While the one pond remains uncontaminated, the second pond allows you to change water treatment based on the season or your desired goal, helping you meet your project's changing needs.
Why Install a Construction Pond When You Can Haul Water?
Construction ponds offer an affordable way to contain water on-site. The erection of a pond is a one-time expense, compared to the ongoing cost of buying water and trucking it to the site. First, it is costly to haul water. The hauling process means that you have to buy water, then hire a truck and crew to transport it from point A to point B. Water prices vary, but it is generally more economical to use groundwater than to haul it. When you install a construction pond, you might already have water from your in-ground aquifer or a municipality. So, you are not paying twice for water. The water is also on-sight, in the pond, giving you more options to use water when you need it. If you haul water, you have to store it or use it upon delivery. You also have to continue to pay someone to deliver the water. With a pond, the costs associated with using large quantities of water decrease. Here's how:
1. Water is on-site and available for use 24/7 - That means you don't have to wait for water deliveries to begin working or to use the water.
2. Water in a pond comes from sources on-site. That means that your available volume of water is pre-determined by you. It also means that you don't have to coordinate water delivery through a source that sells water and then a company that delivers it. It also means that you can refill the pond when energy rates are lower, reducing water expenses.
3. The water cost for a pond is much less expensive if you use on-site water versus buying water. Sure, there are some expenses for pumping groundwater, but they are much lower than buying by the gallon and then paying for its delivery. In short, it is much cheaper to utilize water on-site than it is to pay for it along with delivery fees.
4. You are not using labor to obtain water. To fill a large construction pond or agricultural pond, you'd have to bring in many truckloads of water. That is the same as renting a water hauler and paying a full-time team to deliver it. Plus, you must pay for the water. In some situations, hauling water may be the only option because there is no water on-site, or the water is not available. Still, you want to maintain access to the water you need rather than waiting for its delivery.
5. What if you need water when your trucking crew is not available? This happens. You will end up paying more for labor in these situations because the cost to pay the driver will be inflated. Holidays, overtime, and other situations can cause water delivery rates to rise. Seasonal issues also can impact the amount of water you can truck onto your site. Municipalities may also restrict the amount of water that they sell, leaving you in a bind.
Customized Size and Shape of Pond and Liners
Ponds can be designed, built and lined to specific custom sizes. As a tool, customization gives you better control over the outcome of your project. Additionally, you can adjust the size to include scalable applications by building a larger pond than you currently need. This forward thinking, cost-saving approach, allows you to grow your operation over time. Additionally, you can build ponds that fit the exact needs of your project. For example, many industries must keep clean water and contaminated water separate. In other applications, processing plants want to separate and collect water used during the processing cycle. Your construction pond can still hold clean water and is not contaminated by chemicals used during processing. In some industries, pond water recycling is a standard. An excellent example of this is data facilities. Here, water can be treated, run it through a chiller and used to help control the temperature range within a data center. Construction ponds fit many industries, and when lined properly, they give you control over the quality of water within a pond. Ultimately, the benefits of a construction pond include:
- Greater flexibility in controlling water and water usage
- Puts water on-site where water is limited or does not exist
- Ability to separate water based on use
- Compliance with state and federal laws for treated water or water with contaminates
- Full control over large quantities of available water
- Cost-effectiveness; superior to bringing water in by truck.
- Applicable across many industries.
The size, shape, depth, and type of liner help create customized ponds that mirror your project needs.