Description of practice

Surface drains divert and remove excess water by means of improved natural channels or constructed drains, supplemented when necessary by shaping and grading the land surface to form such drains.

Examples of how to use surface drains Further information
(see Note below)

AMP44 01

Bedded drainage system

The ground surface is shaped into parallel convex surfaces (humps) separated by hollows. The humps in such a bedded drainage system shed excess moisture relatively quickly while the hollows act as shallow surface drains.


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AMP44 02

Drainage ditches

Artificial drainage ditches are constructed to transport excess surface water or collect water from other types of drain.



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