Whether for farming or landscaping, one of the biggest concerns around irrigation canals is the ability to conserve water. Irrigation canals are used to transport water from a source, such as a lake or river, to another place to be used for irrigation. Irrigation canal liners can be used to reduce water loss through seepage in order to conserve water and provide a smooth surface for movement and a potentially higher flow rate.
How Irrigation Canal Liners Reduce Water Loss
Thousands of miles of irrigation canals have been built across the country. Many of these irrigation canals are lined with concrete, clay or are unlined. These methods of lining often result in cracking, which causes leaks and extensive water loss. Because water is a precious resource, especially in areas experiencing drought-like conditions, it’s important to minimize water loss due to seepage. Irrigation canal liners made from geomembranes like reinforced polyethylene (RPE) or reinforced polypropylene (RPP) can help prevent water loss and preserve your water supply.
RPE and RPP irrigation canal liners provide a barrier between the water you’re trying to transport for irrigation and the ground. This barrier prevents water from seeping into the soil. Seepage promotes weed growth and erosion, which both further inefficiency in irrigation canals.
Concrete, clay and earthen lined irrigation canals can become damaged from aging and cracking. Geomembrane irrigation canal liners provide a durable passageway between the water and the ground, which helps prevent water loss. Installing a smooth surface like RPE or RPP as irrigation canal liners reduces the dimensions of the area transporting the water, which can result in a higher flow rate.
With the ability to fabricate irrigation canal liners in excess of 150,000 square feet, BTL Liners provides the perfect water loss and conservation solution for farms across the world. Contact BTL Liners for more information about lining your irrigation canals with RPE or RPP geomembranes.