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How to Reduce Water Loss with Irrigation Liners

Irrigation is an important process for farmers who want to control their water flow and yield crops. Through a manmade system, irrigation canals supply water requirements that aren’t met by rainfall. To get the most out of your irrigation canal, consider using irrigation liners.

What is Irrigation?

Irrigation is the application of controlled amounts of water to plants at intervals. This process helps plants grow, maintains landscapes, and revegetate soil in dry areas, especially during times of less rainfall. Irrigation affects the entire growth process with seedbed preparation, germination, root growth, nutrient utilization, plant growth and regrowth, yield and quality. For an irrigation system to function correctly, you must be knowledgeable about the equipment, design, plant species, growth process, root structure, what the soil is composed of, and how the land is formed.

Because of the smooth surface of the irrigation liner, there is an increase in the velocity of flow and discharge of water. When this happens, it decreases evaporation and silting in the canal bed. By enhancing plant growth, minimizing salt imbalances, soil erosion, and water loss, irrigation is a great tool to add to your farm.

Irrigation Liner Options

Earthen and concrete lined irrigation ditches do not hold water well on their own. Seepage will happen with earthen, and since concrete is prone to cracking, you will lose water quickly with these options.

Luckily, there are solutions out there. Thanks to science, we have synthetic liners that are designed for use in many applications and projects. Synthetic materials offer a better, less-expensive choice than lining with concrete. Choosing a liner might not always be a simple task, but you need to be sure to select a liner suited for your application.

Choosing the Right Liner

Some liners shouldn’t be used because they can be easily pierced. Another factor to take into account is the smoothness and stability of the material. When a liner is flexible, it’s easier to manipulate. Based on your project, you should look for liners that are lightweight for easy handling, spreading, and transporting.

BTL irrigation liners can help with reducing water loss. There will be less seepage, which will help conserve water. The irrigation liners will provide a smooth surface for movement and could create a higher flow rate. We manufacture custom liners from reinforced polyethylene (RPE) and reinforced polypropylene (RPP). Our RPE and RPP liners are stronger, puncture and tear resistant, and are lighter weight. Another critical benefit is they are UV resistant. These benefits will ensure the longevity of your irrigation liner.

Unlike PVC materials used by other companies, our RPE and RPP liners do not need a geotextile underlayment when placed over raked dirt — even if the soil has rounded rock. Because of our high puncture resistance, we create some of the most versatile liners on the market.

Our geomembrane containment systems and water liners made from RPE and RPP provide top-notch water loss prevention, soil and erosion control, protect against contamination, and prevent seepage.

Installation

Improper installation of irrigation liners can cause significant problems. If your team is not sufficiently trained before completing the installation, it could defeat the purpose of the liner. Poor anchoring of the liner at the top of the canal can create misaligned seams of the liners and valves, which will cause the liner to stretch. When water seeps under the top anchor, you will lose water and the irrigation liner will not work correctly.

BTL can help you install your irrigation liner. We have worked on significant geomembrane projects all over the world. We create some of the largest geomembrane panels in the industry and we have been involved in large-scale regional, national, and international projects for years. Our liner specialists can adequately install your liner and help you perfectly execute your plan. Our experience combined with our materials, speed of delivery, and the guarantee of containment, makes us the best choice for your irrigation liner applications. Contact us to see how we can help you with your irrigation liner needs.

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