A look at some of the latest water-saving products in drip and micro irrigation.
American Hydro Systems
The ProFeeder is a precision, water-driving irrigation system that automatically feeds fertilizers and pest repellants into the irrigation mainline. No mixing, no pouring. Calcium Cracker treats hard water in irrigation systems to resolve unwanted calcium buildup and water spots.
The 735 impeller flow sensor is capable of measuring flow rates between 2 and 20 feet per second and delivers an accuracy of ±3 percent and a repeatability of ±1.5 percent of full scale over the recommended design flow range. Available sizes include .5, .75 and 1 inch.
The Eco-Mat consists of fleece-wrapped inline emitter tubing (PLD-ESD) attached to a specialized fleece mat. When water is emitted, the PLD-ESD accelerates water movement away from the emitter and saturates the Eco-Mat, ensuring even water distribution in the landscaped area.
Water flows through the holes of the Deep Drip Tree Watering Stakes while an internal filter blocks debris. The stakes also aerate the surrounding soil. Use with a hose, flood irrigation or in conjunction with automatic landscape drip systems.
Mini-sized NPT pipe fittings and 1/4 and 3/8-inch micro poly ball valves are made from fiberglass reinforced polypropylene with a maximum pressure rating of 300 PSI. Micro valves feature FKM (Viton-type) ball seats and O-rings. Mini pipe fittings are schedule 80. www.banjocorp.com
Techline and Techline CV dripline can be used for most turf and landscape applications; Techline RW is for use with reclaimed water; and Techline EZ is used for on-surface drip systems. Offers .26, .4, .6 and .9-GPH flow rates. The line also includes a built-in check valve and a physical root barrier.
XFS Dripline with Copper Shield technology protects emitters from root intrusion, creating a long-lasting, low-maintenance subsurface drip irrigation system. Accepts Rain Bird Easy Fit Compression Fittings, XFF Barbed Insert Fittings and 17-mm barbed insert fittings.
The Fertilizer Caddy allows uses to apply fertilizer through drip irrigation systems. Available in 1.5-quart, and .5, 1, 2, 3 and 5-gallon capacities. Comes with female pipe threads or hose threads. All come with an easy-to-use fill funnel.
The BS50 Fitting works in conjunction with the .5-inch LittleValve Riser extender, RX550, or .5-inch LittleValve Coupling, CP050. The LittleValve controls the flow from the BS50, allowing a stream from 6 inches in length up to 10 feet. A 9-inch stream puts out water at 4.3 GPH.