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What Soils Need a Subsurface Drainage System?

In addition to the surface drainage systems generally used for managing irrigation runoff and other flooding issues, there are also designs for subsurface drainage systems.

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Canals, Culverts, Holding Ponds, and Other Drainage Elements

Each drainage system requires a different design and combination of the standard elements. Yet almost all drainage systems, regardless of eventual use or size, tend to combine the same handful of features in different ways.

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Flexible Liners for All Elements of the Drainage System

Flexible liners are the best option for agricultural drainage systems and similar designs. But not all flexible polymer-based liners offer the same combination of benefits and damage resistance.

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Recharging the Water Table with Proper Discharge

Crop fields generally rely on either existing sources of surface water or high capacity wells and pumps to stay irrigated during the driest parts of the year.

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Connecting Drainage Systems to Local Waterways and Wetlands

Even after holding or treating waste water to reduce its risk to the nearby environment, it’s usually necessary to release the resulting water to some part of the natural waterways in the area.

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Options for Lining Drainage Ditches

For centuries, drainage ditches were impromptu installations that weren’t lined or even executed with much planning and foresight. As new materials have been developed over the years, multiple options stood out for the difficult setting of the drainage system.

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Common Uses for Drainage Systems

While agricultural drainage systems are some of the most common uses for flexible canal liners, they’re far from the only type of drainage system currently in use.

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The Importance of Drainage Systems in Agriculture

Farmers are rarely expected to be experts in hydrology and drainage. However, they need to at least learn the basics to keep their fields from flooding and to control erosion around irrigation systems and farm roads.

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