What are Driplines?
A dripline is a pipe that has a drip emitter constructed inside of it that is uniformly placed throughout the pipe to provide a specific volume of water. Frequently used to landscaping and effluent. Drip lines are the fundamental material used in Drip Irrigation System. Dripline irrigation is increasingly employed in horticulture, agriculture, and other fields of irrigation because of its efficiency, accuracy, and durability. The thickness of driplines vary. Aqua Hub offers drip pipes in 0.3mm and 0.4mm diameters.
Factors to consider when looking for a dripline
- Pressure and Flow Regulation
- Dripper Distance
Why use drip lines for Irrigation?
As previously stated, drip lines are the primary component of drip irrigation. There are various advantages to using them for irrigation. Drip irrigation entails running drip lines with emitters alongside the plants. The emitters steadily trickle water into the root zone of the soil. Plant production and quality improve as moisture levels are managed within an ideal range. Furthermore, drip irrigation:
- Prevents illness by reducing water contact with plant leaves, stems, and fruit.
- Allows for dry rows between plants, facilitating access and decreasing weed development.
- Because the system is so efficient, it saves time, money, and water.
- Reduces labor. Since it allows you to apply both water and fertilizer at the same time (fertigation). This reduces labor and saves time.
- Improves performance over rough terrain.
- Reduces water and nutrient loss below the root zone.
Drip Line and Emitters
Drip line is a polyethylene tubing with emitters strategically positioned along the plants. The water from the drip tubing is released via the emitters. Depending on your requirements, drip lines and emitters come in a variety of forms and sizes. A single drip tube should not be longer than 200 feet from the point where water enters the tube. To protect the tube from shifting, stake it down. Even if the drip lines and emitters are meant to be buried, don’t do it. This prevents clogging and rodent damage.
Dripline and Emitter spacing and design
For row crops, emitters can be distributed equally; this configuration is referred to as an emitter hose. For plants that need more space between them, such as trees, shrubs, and perennials, emitters can also be placed irregularly. The emitters will typically be separated by about 18 inches when using an emitter hose. In general, there should be two emitters per plant for watering trees and shrubs. Although a flow rate of 1/2 gallon per hour could be preferable for optimal efficiency, emitters commonly have a flow rate of 1 gallon per hour. To stop water from dripping out the end of the drip tube, an end cap is inserted there.
Dripline is available in a range of spacing between drippers. Spacing is usually between 10 cm and 30 cm. This is the distance between each dripper. The tighter the spacing, the more drippers per meter, and hence the more water required.
To assist you in making your decision, consider the following illustration:
- 1 Meter / Dripper Spacing.
- 30 cm Dripper Spacing = 3.33333 drippers per meter.
- 3.3333 x Dripper L/hr = Flow per Meter.
- Flow per Meter x Total Meters = Total Flow of Dripline.
Dripline Flow Rates
Dripline is available in a range of flow rates, ranging from 1 L/hr to 4 L/hr per dripper. When deciding which flow rate is best for you, keep the following factors in mind.
- How much water do you have on hand?
- What amount of water do your plants require?
- How far apart are the drippers?
Once you’ve determined that, you may decide on the flow rate you require. Remember the above equation to help you compute the total quantity of water used by the system. If your drip line’s total run is 10 L/min, and you only have 5 L/min available. You’ll need to divide the run into two reasonable zones.
Drip line Prices in Kenya
Spacing and Thickness
15 cm, 0.3 mm
|15 cm, 0.4 mm||1000 meters||
|20 cm, 0.3 mm||1000 meters||
20 cm, 0.4 mm
|30 cm, 0.3 mm||1000 meters||
30 cm, 0.4 mm
|45 cm, 0.3 mm (on order)||1000 meters||
45 cm, 0.4 mm (on order)
Where can you buy drip lines in Kenya?
Aqua Hub Kenya are well-known drip lines suppliers, dealers, and installers. We have branches in Nairobi and Eldoret. We are a reliable resource for all of your farm inputs and management practices. Call 0790719020 for more information.