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SmartDitch


April 15, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Penda Corporation recently
released SmartDitch, a corrugated plastic water management system
designed to remedy irrigation problems normally found with unlined
ditch systems.

Penda Corporation recently released SmartDitch, a corrugated plastic water management system designed to remedy irrigation problems normally found with unlined ditch systems. The lining can fit into the meandering course of an existing ditch or it can be placed over an existing concrete-lined or sub-surface system with very little preparation. Its semi-circular or trapezoidal sectional design allows the system to be transported by one or two people, making it easy to transport and install. “A crew of four can install 500 feet of SmartDitch in one day, allowing for minimal environmental disturbance and quick completion times,” said Scott Burmeister, vice president of research and development for Penda. “Only hammers and drills are required to successfully install SmartDitch.” New Mexico State University recently released two studies that concluded that SmartDitch improves water flow from 35 per cent to more than 90 per cent. The laboratory test revealed the seepage rate of SmartDitch to be 10 cubic centimeters, per hour, per section. That translates to less than 0.5 ounces of water in any given section of the ditch liner throughout a one-hour period – a few drops of water every hour. When compared to a concrete-lined or earthen ditch, SmartDitch’s plastic sections provide a near watertight seal. All this adds up to more than 170 million gallons of water saved each year. Copies of both test results are available upon request. To receive a copy of the results, please call Mark Mahoney at 414-274-3002 or e-mail mmahoney@insidesh.com.

For more information, visit www.smartditch.com.

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