Drip Irrigation Design Guide-Water Devices

Drip Irrigation Design Guide-Water Devices

General Overview

 Content Covered In This Section:

   Advantages & Benefits of Drip Irrigation

   Soil Types

   Water Source Connection Items, Aka Head Assembly

   Water Distribution

   Water Devices



Water Devices

Emitters: aka Drip Emitters, Drippers: Emitters distribute water droplets at a specified flow rate when used as part of a drip irrigation system. Emitters come in a variety of sizes, styles, and flow rates. They have barbed or threaded bases. Barbed ends are either poked directly into 1/2" drip tubing or inserted into the end of 1/4" tubing. Threaded bases are screwed into micro tubing stakes and risers.

Pressure Compensating Emitters: Pressure compensating emitters deliver a consistent output of water, even with changes in pressure due to long drip tubing runs or changes in elevation. - Button Emitters, Turbo Style Emitters, Self Piercing Emitters with 1/4" barbed inlets.
Non-Pressure Compensating Emitters: Non pressure compensating emitters output will vary with changes in elevation and pressure. These emitters are best used where the watering zone is level. - Flag Emitters, Turbo Key Style Emitters, Inline Emitters with 1/4" barbed inlets.

Sprayers: aka Micro Sprays & Jets: Micro spray covers a category of spray caps, bases, one-piece, and adjustable sprayers and bubblers that are small and designed to operate with drip irrigation systems. They can be used for ground cover, flower beds, vegetable gardens and landscapes where you need to water a large area.

Tubing Stakes & Risers: aka Spray Stakes, Rigid Risers: Stakes and risers are used to create adjustable sprayer platforms to raise water above plants, shrubs or ground cover.
Soaker Hose Dripline: aka Drip Emitter Tubing, Dripper Line: Soaker Hose Dripline has drip emitters injected into the tubing as it is extruded. The tubing comes with emitters evenly spaced from 6 to 12 inches for 1/4" size tubing and 12" to 3 feet for 1/2" size tubing. It’s useful in row crops, vegetable gardens and evenly spaced tree and shrub plantings. It is available in both 1/2" and 1/4" tubing sizes. Soaker hose dripline limits are based on tubing size, emitter output and spacing.
Hole Punches: aka Tubing Punch: Tool used to punch a hole into solid drip poly tubing for the insertion of drip emitters or 1/4" barbed fittings.


Overall Consideration

When planning out a drip irrigation system, it’s important to take in all the different variables that come with designing a system. Conditions such as soil type, sun exposure and slopes can all have an impact on the parts that you will need to install. It’s also important to know your water source’s flow rate and pressure. Know the limitations of each drip component and any special requirements they may need. Product details for each part can be found on our website by clicking on the items.

Whether installing a drip system by yourself or turning it into a family project, a drip system can be a rewarding endeavor and doing your homework before hand can help make the installation of your drip irrigation system painless and hassle free.

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