Water conservation and the role of pond liners

Aug 23

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016  RssIcon

The summer of 1976 was probably the worst drought to have hit England and Wales since records began. Although we have not experienced a repeat of that severe level of water shortage, drought is not foreign this country which is accustomed to high rainfall during the winter months.

Drought and water storage systems

Low rainfall levels between April 2010 and March 2012 lead to England and Wales experiencing another one of the ten worst droughts to hit the country in 100 years according to the Met Office. So how long will it be before we experience another drought accompanied by water restrictions and hosepipe bans? And, are we putting sufficient steps in place to provide enough water during drought conditions? The UK can cope with one dry winter, but two in a row could lead to a repeat of the severe water restrictions of 2011.

Southern England is more likely to experience drought and August 2016 is proving to be a month of below average rainfall with water companies urging people to limit their water usage. Water conservation is therefore an important step to providing sufficient water during periods of low rainfall.

Water restrictions can have devastating consequences to golf courses, parks, recreation grounds, National Trust gardens and even to wildlife who depend on water to breed and survive. Ponds, lakes, reservoirs, canals and water storage tanks are all important towards putting adequate water conservation steps in place. 

However, if built on highly permeable ground with high levels of sand or gravel, there is a great risk of water seepage. Water leakage can also cause weakening of pond or reservoirs structure by causing slope failure. Water seepage can become expensive particularly if water drains faster than it can be replaced naturally.

Installing appropriate liner material will greatly reduce water lose (evaporation is a natural phenomenon but lose of water due to leakage is preventable!). Choosing the best liner will depend on the life expectancy of the structure. But, in all but the build of small ornamental garden ponds, a rubber pond liner or lake liner such as Butyl or EPDM rubber liners come highly recommended.

Why Butyl and EPDM pond liners?

  • UV resistant 

  • Puncture resistant

  • Non-toxic to fish and to the environment

  • Flexible and easy to install in all size builds from garden ponds to large lakes or water storage tanks

Reservoirs, lakes and ponds are all recognised ways of playing an active role in water conservation and providing water for the upkeep of the many magnificent golf courses, agriculture, gardens and parks during periods of low rainfall or drought conditions. They will help keep the UK looking at its finest no matter what card the weather deals us!

RDL have years of experience fabricating and installing pond liners and lake liners into even the most demanding water storage systems on golf courses, Natural Trust properties and agricultural facilities. 

Call us now for a quote or more information on our pond liners, tank liners or tank liner refurbishment:

Telephone: 08707 702800


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