Commonly Asked Questions About Irrigation Ponds

4 October 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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An irrigation pond can be an essential tool for watering your crops and lawn without accumulating staggeringly high water bills. In particular, these systems can prove to be invaluable during times of severe drought. Yet, these ponds are expensive systems to install, and it should come as no surprise that there are a couple of questions you may need answered. 

Can Irrigation Ponds Be Built Anywhere?

Many homeowners are under the impression that these ponds can be built anywhere. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and there are some soil types that may not support the creation of these ponds. 

For example, yards that have high quantities of sands, silt and other soil types with a fine texture cannot always support this type of pond. The loose nature of these soils will make it extremely difficult to build a pond that will not suffer from major leaks and drainage issues. Luckily, if there is nowhere on your property that has soil suitable for a pond, it is possible to use concrete to create a reservoir for your pond. However, this will drastically increase the cost of the project, and you should meet with an experienced contractor to determine the exact cost to do this. 

How Do You Control Algae Growth?

If you are considering building an irrigation pond, it is important to understand that there is some basic maintenance you will need to perform on the system. In particular, preventing uncontrolled algae growth can be a constant concern for individuals with these tanks. Luckily, there are a couple of simple tips you can do to help ensure this is not a major problem.

One of the most effective and environmentally safe methods for controlling algae growth is to place barley straw in the pond. This type of straw releases chemicals that will deter or kill algae that is growing in the tank. The exact amount of straw needed to keep the water clear of algae will depend on the size of the pond. 

Outside of barley straw, you also need to dredge the pond on a regular basis. This will help prevent food sources for the algae from accumulating in the pond. 

There are many different uses for an irrigation pond. However, many individuals do not fully understand the basics behind these devices. By knowing the answers to these two commonly asked questions, you will be better able to determine if this is a viable option for your land and how to prevent algae from taking over the pond. For the best-situated irrigation pond, contact Allan's Excavating & Trucking to get started.