With climate change comes change in rainfall. Some areas of Europe are already experiencing periods of droughts, putting pressure on water resources. At the same time, urbanisation is turning farmland into cities. The growing global population also means we must produce more food on less land. Irrigation is a way to turn arid soil into fertile land, avoid depopulation and increase crop yields.
PVC pipes turn arid areas into farmlands
PVC irrigation pipes are showing their worth in bringing valuable water to arid areas, for instance in the large-scale project to irrigate 2,700 hectares in the Valdavia River area in Spain. Due to the pipes’ flexibility and ability to withstand high pressure, it was possible to create an irrigation system that makes use of the terrain and natural slopes and hence does not require electricity to move the water.