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Common Experience Water

Drip Irrigation

 

Problem: Irrigation methods for gardens (at home or industry) involve automatic sprinkler systems or irrigating manually with a water hose. These two are the most common methods of agricultural irrigation and are heavy wastes of potable water. Overwatering by using these methods can occur; also causing plants to require more water or could even cause damage to the root infrastructure.

 

Solution: Use drip irrigation and soaker hoses as a more efficient alternative to watering gardens.

 

What is drip irrigation?

Drip irrigation involves a network of tubing, pipes, valves, and emitters that deliver water in small increments directed to the root zone of a plant.

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From Wikipedia.org

 

Why is drip irrigation good?

• Water application efficiency is high

• Recycled non-potable water can be safely used

• Soil type plays less important role

• Soil erosion is minimized

• Weed growth is minimized

• Operates at low pressure, reducing energy costs

 

 

What are soaker hoses?

 

Unique rubber hoses that are placed on top of soil or up to 24 inches below surface, delivering a low-volume, low-pressure flow of water to plants.

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From: soakerhose.com

 

Why are soaker hoses good?

 

Soaker hoses save you:

Time– No more manually watering with an ordinary garden hose.

Money – Using less water means you pay less on your water bill.

Your Plants – Receive the right amount of water

Our Environment - You save precious water

 

Drip Irrigation near you

The College Area Community Garden

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