Now is the time to start planning to build fire retention ponds on your property with quality liners. In addition to protecting your land from open flames, fire retention ponds can serve a variety of purposes on your property, which is why it’s important to plan ahead. Fire retention ponds are ideal to have in rural areas when fire fighting services aren’t close by or easily accessible. Having a fire retention pond also can be beneficial on the off chance that a fire truck makes it out to your property, but hasn’t been filled with water. Fire retention ponds provide an extra sense of insurance and safety for residents of rural areas.
Fire Retention Ponds with Liners
The first course of action to take in planning for a new fire retention pond is deciding on the shape, size, depth and location of the pond. Certain states, including Washington, require fire retention ponds be built on properties over one acre. Check with your local government to learn about fire retention pond requirements in your area.
After obtaining the necessary permits and digging your pond, it’s important to find the right pond liner for your specific needs. Installing a fire retention pond liner makes it water tight. Fire retention pond liner considerations:
- Use a flexible, synthetic material manufactured for ponds such as reinforced polyethylene (RPE) or reinforced polypropylene (RPP)
- Choose a liner that is plant safe so it doesn’t negatively affect plants, algae, fish and other wildlife
- Flexible liner materials like RPE allow you to easily shape the contours of the pond to your specifications
- Choose a fire-resistant pond liner for additional protection and insurance
Gravity vs. Pressure Pumps
Depending on the location of your fire retention ponds, you’ll need a different method for water delivery during a fire. Ponds above the building can rely on gravity and a good piping system to deliver the water needed. These upslope ponds have long been used for irrigation and livestock water as well as for fire protection.
If your pond isn’t high enough for this type of gravity feed, it’s possible to install an electric or gas powered pump. Pressure pumps installed in fire retention ponds can deliver more than 100 gallons a minute through an 1.5 inch hose. Another option is a dry hydrant, which is a popular option. This freeze-proof tap into the pond allows fire trucks to arrive, hook up and start pumping.
Consider adding fire retention ponds to your property. Protect your family and property from fire and in some areas you could benefit from lower household insurance rates when your pond has a hydrant. Contact your local fire department for help choosing the right equipment and design for your pond. Contact BTL Liners for high-quality, fire-resistant and plant-safe fire retention pond liners.