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Everything You Need to Know About HDPE Irrigation Piping

When it comes to installing durable and reliable irrigation piping on your farm, HDPE Irrigation Piping is the answer you are looking for. We at Powerflex Fence strongly believe that water pipes and water products need to be long lasting, affordable, and should survive harsh climatic conditions. Not all irrigation piping systems are equal. Regular PVC piping can contaminate water, become brittle from weather, and cost much more money in the long run than a quality irrigation system using HDPE piping .PVC is much more labor intensive due to the gluing of many joints, and will need excavation to install in the ground. HDPE water pipe can be trenched in the ground via contractor and has 20 year warranty when placed in the ground and 10 year warranty above ground.  HDPE water pipe can be installed seamless until the first joint equaling less chance of leaks. High density polyethylene (HDPE) piping systems have been used for municipal and industrial water applications for decades, and offer a reliable and safe solution for a grazer.  


We are confident in our HDPE Irrigation piping, which is in demand from grazers all over the country. HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) irrigation pipes have been in use for many years, be it for commercial, residential, or irrigation purposes. When compared to PVC pipes, HDPE has fewer failure ratings, can easily dampen shock waves, are abrasion resistant, and heat resistant, resulting in an overall superior product. This piping is a HOT COMMODITY! Start Planning ahead… Call us for availability information and information on your setup options. There are 2 types of HDPE pipe. Inside controlled diameter (ASTM D-2239) and Outside controlled diameter (ASTM D-3035). We supply Outside controlled diameter (ASTM D-3035). 200 PSI. HDPE pipe often laid on top of the ground, giving flexibility for the times of the year when you’re not having hard freezes. We recommend burying into the ground but HDPE can be placed on top of the ground until you decide where to place your watering system. 


  • 20 year buried warranty
  • 10 year above ground warranty
  • HDPE water pipe will expand to 12%
  • Water can only expand to 9%
  • Recyclable   

Freeze-proof waterers can be installed sparingly for winter grazing when the grass is dormant and protecting regrowth is not a concern. The other times of the year, above ground water systems can be used to allow you better utilization of your pasture by dividing it with portable fencing, and bringing the water to the smaller paddocks instead of using lanes. HDPE offers affordable irrigation piping, high-quality build, harsh climatic operations, chemical resistance, and near zero maintenance. In this post we cover key features, functioning & installation of HDPE Irrigation piping for you to understand why HDPE piping is your superior livestock watering solution.




Purchasing piping alone is not enough. You will need a variety of adapters, tee's, end caps, coupler valves, and more to make your setup adaptable and easy to use. Let's look at some of the common components needed for your typical livestock HDPE irrigation setup:

Powerflex HDPE Irrigation in use
Powerflex 3/4"​​ HDPE irrigation in use

HDPE Irrigation Standard Tee


This fitting can be used to divide your HDPE irrigation into three different directions. In addition, the "reducing standard tee", a variation of the standard tee, can be used when you need to split off from one larger diameter line to a smaller diameter line.


HDPE Irrigation Female Tee


Used for hooking up a quick coupler valve to your HDPE irrigation. Adding female tee's throughout the line allows you to easily tap into your irrigation tanks at any point in the line.


HDPE Irrigation Quick Coupler Valve


The quick coupler vale taps into a female tee (shown above) so that you can easily tap into a hose or irrigation tank using a riser (shown below). It screws into the female tee and remains in place for easy access.


HDPE Irrigation Riser for Quick Coupler Valve


The riser for quick coupler valve can easily attach to a standard hose, and slides directly into the quick coupler valve, snapping in to place and allowing for water to flow freely from your HDPE irrigation line and into your watering tank. A float valve in your watering tank can then stop the flow of water once the tank is filled.


Jobe Valve


A Jobe Valve, or another form of float valve will be required for your watering tank, so that the water flowing in from your quick coupler valve will be cut off once the tank is filled.


HDPE Irrigation End Cap


Used to cap off the end of lines that do not have a connecting point with another line.


There is a wide variety of fittings and sizes for livestock hdpe irrigation:


Always make sure to shop based on the correct diameter of your HDPE piping. Piping size may be 2 inches, 1 and 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1 and 1/4 inch, or 3/4 inch. If you need maximum flow/water pressure through the line you should consider a wider diameter line. If you are covering a large amount of acreage, it can be safer to go with a larger diameter line. You may also consider whether you are going uphill or downhill. If you are irrigating downhill, you will not need as much water pressure to irrigate your pastures and can therefore go with a smaller diameter line. Call 417-741-1230 if you have any questions.



Products in the below gallery, for example, are for 1 inch diameter piping. Always check to make sure your irrigation components fit your pipe diameter:






IS HDPE  Irrigation PIPE BETTER THAN PVC PIPE?


PVC is a vinyl polymer, whereas HDPE Irrigation is a petroleum-based polyethylene thermoplastic. Both pipes are resistant to high temperatures. However, When comparing failure rates and events such as rain, stress, wind, heat, or cold, HDPE has been shown to be more durable. 

CAN POLYETHYLENE PIPE BE USED FOR IRRIGATION?


Nowadays most modern irrigation systems rely on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) irrigation piping. It possesses a number of distinct properties that make it an excellent choice for transporting water through irrigation systems & pumping channels. 

WHICH PIPE IS BEST FOR IRRIGATION?


HDPE Pipes are used in modern irrigation systems as they are leakage free, offering superior flexibility, and longer lifespan when compared to PVC. HDPE Irrigation can handle stress & flexibility requirements.

IS HDPE PIPE GOOD FOR WATER?


HDPE pipe is ideal for potable water supply and wastewater applications. Leak-free Fused Joints are among the advantages of HDPE piping systems. Fused joints eliminate potential leak points and shorten installation time. 

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Once you get the hang of it, setting up your livestock watering system is much like legos. First decide what diameter piping you need, and draw out exactly how you want your system to be set up. Then connect whichever tees, coupler valves, end caps, or other adapters that you need. 


HDPE is an industry-standard for Irrigation Systems. If you are interested in purchasing a High-Quality HDPE Irrigation pipe for your farm then we at Powerflex Fence have a variety of solutions for you. We offer Pipes of various sizes and a wide variety of fittings/adapters. We also offer other farm equipment like polybraid, energizers, fiberglass fence posts, woven wire fences, field fences, gripples, and much more. We offer competitive pricing and reliable customer support. If you have any questions about our HDPE irrigation piping product offerings Call 417-741-1230 .