Compensation ponds are artificial water reservoirs used to compensate for natural areas lost to land development. In 2019, Elevate’s GeoSmart EPDM lining membrane was used to waterproof 5 amphibian compensation ponds near Spritkönig (Austria). These artificial wetlands were created to mitigate the environmental impact related to the building of a nearby highway, promoting the development of the local flora and fauna (frogs, snakes, salamanders...) and enriching the biodiversity of the area.
5 ponds of 950 m²
GeoSmart EPDM 1,2 mm
A total of 1,000 m² of GeoSmart EPDM were installed in the 5 compensation ponds by a local landscaping company. In order to facilitate and speed up the installation process, the membrane panels were pre-assembled at the factory so that each pond could be covered with only one panel and no seams or detailing had to be done onsite. The pre-assembled panels were delivered on pallets and the installation simply consisted in unrolling and unfolding the membrane. It took an average of 30 minutes to a team of 10 workers to waterproof each pond.