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How to reduce timeouts when fields flood

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Our drainage system helped a high school district keep athletic fields open for play year-round – even after heavy flooding.

Timeout for natural turf

In California’s Santa Clarita Valley, torrential rains flood popular athletic fields, calling off play. Added to this, the cost to maintain, fertilise and re-seed grass fields can run to as much as $300,000 a year. To reduce maintenance costs and timeouts, Hart Union School District in Santa Clarita decided to switch to synthetic turf with a superior drainage system. And with high demand for the fields, it had just four months to complete the project.

Draining away hurdles

After comparing products from many manufacturers, the school district board chose our Enkaturf Drain for the subsurface drainage. Installed directly onto the sub-grade beneath the stone base, it doesn’t need trenching. Delivered in 100-foot rolls that weigh under 10kg, the lightweight material has a non-crushable core and can withstand up to 30,000psf (pounds per square foot) without damage. Better still, the water reaches the drainage system faster, so the base is less likely to consolidate – and the entire system stays intact, far beyond the life of the turf.

Customer

Hart Union School District

Location

Santa Clarita, CA, USA

Application 

Turf Drainage

back on track

The drainage system was installed in under a day (compared to three to four days for a perforated pipe system), which helped the board make significant costs savings, and stay on schedule. Santa Clarita’s high school athletic teams and youth sports leagues could then return to play – with fewer timeouts.

 

PRODUCTS USED ON THIS PROJECT

Enka®Turfdrain

A 3D matrix bonded with non-woven filter fabric reduces pooling water and prevents saturated turf.

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AREAS OF APPLICATION

Turf Drainage

With EnkaTurf, faster water flow through synthetic channels means better safety on the field and fewer cancellations.

Turf Reinforcement

With synthetic mat protection, stop cancellations and protect revenue streams with healthy turf always ready for play.

Shock & Drain Pads

Shock absorption is the top safety concern for field performance. Prevent the risks and opt for safer, longer play.

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