Story: Irrigation and drainage

Tile drains

Tile drains

Clay tile pipes are very hard and long-lasting; they continue to be effective as long as they are not blocked by mud or plant roots. The pipes are usually covered with a coarse material such as gravel to allow water to easily enter through the joins between pipes, and to filter out soil. These pipes were being laid in Southland in 1948.

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Reference: AANR 6329 21 DA38,508

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Terry Heiler, 'Irrigation and drainage - Drainage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/19650/tile-drains (accessed 1 March 2020)

Story by Terry Heiler, published 24 Nov 2008