Why Should I Replace or Repair my Ditches with IntelliDitch™?
As any farmer knows, water and money are lost because of deteriorating ditches that let water slip away. To combat this loss, farmers have historically turned to concrete. A farmer can expect that a new concrete ditch will function as designed during the first year. As ditches age they will require more maintenance and will lose more water due to cracks and spallation of concrete. Other factors such as weed growth and broken concrete reduce the efficient flow with each passing growing season. Less water in your ditch, means that you are paying for water you do not use. Moreover, less water means less crop yield, which in turn means less money in your pocket.
Life of a Concrete Ditch
A new concrete lined ditch and up to 3 years old will have some water loss and minimal maintenance.
A concrete lined ditch 5 -10 years old will have bigger losses and increased maintenance.
A concrete lined ditch 10-20 years old will have significant water losses and significant maintenance.
A concrete lined ditch older than 20 years should be replaced as water losses and maintenance outweigh the effectiveness of the old ditch.
Why you must have IntelliDitch™ as the basis of your water system:
The IntelliDitch™ lining system reduces maintenance costs water because it has proven to last at least 20 years with little effect on its functionality. It will perform the same in year 20 as it did on day one.
It conserves 95% of the water over the life of the product.
How do we know that IntelliDitch™ will save you money?
From the Table you can calculate how much money you can save over time if you install IntelliDitch™. For example, in the Imperial Valley, CA each farmer is allocated 14 acre feet per watering day and is usually allowed 20 days of water a year. Depending on how poor their concrete ditches are, that farmer is losing between $7,800 and $23,500 per year on water they cannot use but are paying for. This loss does not include the money that a farmer foregoes because he is not using the water to grow more crops.