IS 15909 : 2020 PVC Geomembranes for Lining - Specification

ICS 59.080.70                         TXD 30

Revised Standard from Last Update.


1.1 This standard covers the requirements for PVC geomembrane (flexible polyvinyl chloride) of two categories (Category A and B) depending upon their end use.

1.1.1 Category A includes lining for use in canals, ponds, reservoirs, water features (bodies) for seepage control, for lining of landfills, hazardous waste management, solid waste management and industrial effluent for waste containments and for water proofing of basement, roof/terrace.

1.1.2 Category B includes PVC geomembrane for unexposed application for use in large underground civil structures, basement, road underpasses, waterproofing of rail/road tunnels, bunkers, dams and other mega civil structures. These can also be used for water proofing of unexposed roofs and terrace.

1.2 The tests used to characterize the PVC geomembrane, are intended to ensure good workmanship and quality and are not necessarily adequate for design purposes in view of the importance of environmental factors and specific performance objectives. Tests have been selected primarily with essentially natural aqueoussystem in mind. Other tests may be necessary to establish chemical resistance and durability under the condition of particular application.


The standards listed below contain provisions which through reference in this text, constitute provisions of this standard. At the time of publication, the editions indicated were valid. All standards are subject to revision, and parties to agreements based on this standard are encouraged to investigate the possibility of applying the most recent editions of the standards indicated below:

105-B02 : 2014 Textiles - Tests for colour fastness: Part B-02 Colour fastness to artificial light: Xenon arc fading lamp test

2076 : 1981 Specification for unsupported flexible polyvinyl chloride sheeting (first revision)

3464 : 1986 Methods of test for plastic flooring and wall tiles (second revision)

4905 : 2005 Random sampling and randomization procedures (first revision)

13162 (Part 3) : 1992 Geotextiles - Methods of test: Part 3 Determination of thickness at specified pressures

16078 : 2013 Geosynthetics - Static puncture test (CBR)

15061 : 2002 Automotive vehicles - Flammability requirements