Water – a friend and a foe in the never-ending struggle to increase yield. Too much water hampers root development and degrades the soil. Too little starves the crop.

Tile drainage is the go-to solution for managing water, but installing it right isn’t easy and is expensive. Protect your investment by knowing all the potential pitfalls and best practices. Make smart decisions and reap the reward.

The Drain Tile Safety Coalition exists to bring together best practices in safe drain tile installation.


A lot has changed over the years when it comes to installing drain tile. Improved processes and access to equipment has made do-it-yourself drain tiling popular. A lot of farmers are saving money by installing their own drainage systems, which is challenging when there is no one-size-fits all approach.

There are a lot of different paths this project could take. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire it out, build safety into your project by identifying pipelines, planning accordingly and thinking through all the potential hazards. Get off to a smooth start!



The Drain Tile Safety Coalition is a non-profit coalition affiliated with the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness. We are working to reduce the number of accidents resulting from drain tile installation on farms by sharing best practices and safety information.