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Butyl Liners for Irrigation Reservoirs

Jul 13

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Many experts will warn that water is only going to become more expensive and less reliable due to climate change. Water is also our best crop, which we need and can't survive without. Reservoirs are a means of securing water for use by farmers to irrigate their land. They are built to store winter water as a source of summer supplies during periods of low rainfall or drought. Butyl rubber liners have many uses, one of which is its use by landscape architects to line irrigation reservoirs to contain water.

For farmers, especially those located in the drier parts of the UK it is becoming an increasingly common practise to store water on the farm to ensure optimal crop rotation to supply supermarkets with the best grade fruit and vegetables. 

Many sports grounds such as horse race courses, rugby and football fields, golf clubs and grass tennis courts rely on irrigation systems to keep their turf in the best possible conditions.  To ensure water demands are met they are starting to turn to water storage reservoirs or galvanised water storage tanks for reliable water supplies.

Water from resevoirs can be pumped into water storage tanks  as an added security  when water demands are high but supply is low.  The advantage of a reservoir is that it gives better control over water supplies versus relying on water abstraction, which can be limited by an annual abstraction license plus cost is always much higher in summer.

A clay-lined reservoir is cheaper to construct versus a rubber Butyl liner, but the geology of the area zoned for a reservoir may not have adequate clay and thereore a rubber liner many prove to be the best solution. 

Russetts fabricate and supply the liners required to line reservoirs. For big projects we create larger liners by joining together two or more sheets. The superior anti-aging properties and UV resistance of EPDM (Epalyn) or Butyl makes them an idea choice for lining reservoirs where the geology of the site and quantity of clay is in sufficient to guarantee water containment.




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