Irrigation is an important part of you track construction, and can
be accomplished in two different ways. First, you can install
irrigation piping and pumps, or you can invest in a water truck.
With most tracks being
rural area's, your water will more than likely have to be acquired
from an on property well. If this is the case, the well or
well's should be dug in advance of constructing the track, and in
fact would be one of the first things you do on the property.
In most states, if you are drilling a water or geothermal well on
your own property, it will not require a license, however, it's best
to check first before you start. Most well digging rigs are
quite expensive, but if you want to do it yourself, there are some
relatively inexpensive drill motors and bits that are capable of
digging up to 100 feet. You can find information on drilling
your own well, and the equipment to do it at a website called
How to Drill a Well.
When you drill your
well and install your piping, holding tank, and pump, make sure that
the equipment that you've chosen has the capacity to feed your track
irrigation system, if you plan on building one. Chances are
that you may need approvals from you local or state water management
agencies for a high capacity well.
If you do install a
track irrigation system, you need to consider the effects that wind
will have on the water being sprayed on the track. High winds
will blow your water in the direction of the wind, and you may get
very little water on the track. The on track irrigation system
works best at night when the wind is usually at it lightest.
You'll also need to use heavy duty agricultural type sprinkler
The use of a water
truck to water your track has it's advantages in that the water is
placed where you want it. The disadvantages are the cost of a
water truck and the maintenance costs, plus you will probably need
several trip to the water take on area. There are lots of
surplus places scattered around the country where you can pickup
water truck fairly cheap, but most of them will need work. You
will also need to install additional pumps and watering nozzles so
you can spray water to the sides, since your truck may not make it
over some of the jumps or whoop sections. Some of the military
6-wheel drive watering trucks are ideal.
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