15 Oct 3 Benefits Of Lining Water Channels
Runoff water can be a major problem, especially for newer developments or construction projects. One way to mitigate the damage of runoff water is by lining water channels. With channel lining, the sides and slopes of channels, creeks, streams, and rivers are covered in hard material. Concrete, the man-made material used most on the planet, is often used in this method of controlling water flow. Channel lining has several benefits when civil construction companies use it.
Preventing Erosion From Water Runoff
As rain falls on unprotected soil, it tries to find the fastest path over the ground and to the nearest body of water. During its determined course, the water erodes soil and compromises natural plant growth. When weeds and other overgrowth are unable to grow, they can’t protect the soil. In turn, the soil gradually erodes and the land is vulnerable to landslides and mudslides. These conditions make the area very unsafe for any residents and unpredictable for any further construction initiatives. By lining water channels with materials such as concrete, clay, plastic, and rubber we protect the soil from further erosion. A lined channel also gives the water a defined pathway to follow to its destination.
Increasing Capacity Of Channel’s Water Conveyance
For areas with abundant water supplies, channel lining is a great option. The pathways for runoff water need to be able to carry a large amount. When we let the water run off naturally, the pathways will not be nearly as large and much less efficient. By creating water channels and calculating the average amount of water that needs to run through the paths, we can create channels of the exact right size. With increasingly unpredictable weather happening all over the United States, all areas need to be prepared for heavy rainfalls and potential flooding.
Protecting The Channel Sidewalls From Collapse
Even in natural channels where erosion from runoff water seems to not be an issue, the sidewalls run the risk of collapsing from use. When the sidewalls collapse, the channel will turn into an unplanned dam and a small lake may start to form in what was once a channel. This will compromise the entire water channel and endanger everything that lies at the end of the channel. By lining water channels, you are adding an extra layer of protection to those important sidewalls.
Channel lining is an essential practice in areas with high volumes of runoff water. Implementing channel lining now could save time, money, and work later when erosion creates a larger problem down the road.