Landscape Water Conservation Drip Irrigation

 

Efficient Watering

Drip irrigation slowly applies water directly to the root zone of the plants, reducing runoff and evaporation and eliminating wind drift which makes it is the most efficient way to water your landscape. If the drip system is operated on a regular basis, the soil around the plant always stays moist and readily absorbs each new application of water deep into the root zone. This promotes strong root growth and a healthier plant.

With drip irrigation you only water the plants you select, instead of broadcasting water all over the whole planting bed. As a result, you are saving water by not watering the areas that don’t need water, and you discourage weed growth between plantings.

 

Drip Irrigation and Greywater

The advantage of greywater is that it is a reliable source of water year around. Since greywater is recycled non-potable water, it should be applied right to the soil instead of being sprayed around the plantings. Drip irrigation is the best way to apply greywater and really provides our nation with the best source of reducing our water consumption. With a grey2o system you will be watering your plants when you are taking a shower, bath, or washing clothes.


Drip Irrigation and Rainwater

The challenge with rainwater harvesting for irrigation is that rainwater collects when it isn’t needed and then has to be stored until it is needed. Accordingly, the collected rainwater should be carefully measured out over time so as not to run through the amount of rainwater stored. Most rainwater systems have to be supplemented with domestic water, and in the interest of conserving our drinking water, you should be efficiently watering with drip irrigation anyway. A properly installed drip irrigation system will maximize your rainwater collection and minimize your domestic water usage.


A Good Drip Irrigation System

A good drip system requires proper filtration or else the emitters will clog up and fail. Drip irrigation is used extensively in agriculture and very elaborate, expensive filtration systems have been developed to keep these drip systems from clogging up. This is why so much technology has been invested into filtration on the Flotender. We have also chosen special self-cleaning drip emitters that resist clogging.

A good drip system also requires pressure compensating emitters and enough pressure so that all the emitters put out the same amount of water regardless of their location on the system or their elevation. If a drip system is connected to the domestic water there is usually enough pressure. For rainwater and gray water, a pump is needed that will put out enough pressure to make the drip system operate properly. This requires a high pressure clear water pump rather than the ordinary sump pump or water feature pump.