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What makes the Ecodrip a superior drip system to the competition?
The Ecodrip unique self cleaning, pressure regulated water distribution has a patented built in anti siphon mechanism that can help prevent cross contamination of drinking water. It also has a patented non drip mechanism that keeps the water inside the pipe at the end of the watering cycle and prevents it from wasting away - this facility will save a great deal of water throughout the year and prevents flooding in low areas. Its built in drippers have a root prevention mechanism and unlike the rubber leaking pipe, its solid plastic wall offers a better resistance to cuts and is less of a temptation to animals in search of water.
How can the Ecodrip help the environment?

The Ecodrip was developed in Israel, a country that has water conservation at its heart. The unique and calculated water distribution is a key factor in helping the environment. Its long life span and UV resistance also helps the environment, as a replacement will not be necessary for many years to come. The Ecodrip anti siphon mechanism can help prevent cross contamination of drinking water and the non-drain mechanism prevents wasted flow of excess water as it keeps the water inside the pipe ready for the next watering cycle. This also discourages the growth of weeds and by doing so, conserves additional water waste.

As the diameter of the pipe is 12mm, is saves water at start of the cycle, it is more resistant to damage and leaks and the smaller packs saves fuel on transport.

Will the Ecodrip be damaged by weather conditions or sun?
Unlike rubber leaking or porous pipes (that are made from rubber) that can be exposed to ultra-violet light from the sun and perish over a period of time, the Ecodrip's durable plastic is protected against UV degradation and therefore the answer is - no, at least for several years. The Ecodrip has been tried and tested in agricultural fields in Africa under some of the harshest weather conditions and in laboratory conditions up to -20o C.
How effective is the Ecodrip on slopes?
Slopes are where the Ecodrip's strength is measured to perfection. It is most effective and more to the point, it will not flood the lower areas due to its patented no-drain ability. The Ecodrip offers a regulated flow of 1.1 L/ph per drip - this ensures that water penetrates the soil very slowly and will prevent water from "running" on the slope under regular soil conditions up to 1.5 metres diagonal drop.
Can the Ecodrip be penetrated by roots?
The Ecodrip has a unique patented root prevention mechanism that has been tried and tested in the agricultural industry, so the answer has to be a simple NO.
Will the Ecodrip attract animals searching for water?
Unlike the porous pipe, the Ecodrip has a built in no-drain device that prevents any water from pouring after the end of the watering cycle, making it less detectable by animals. It is manufactured from a superior durable plastic with wall thickness of 1.15mm that makes it more resistant to animals. None the less, in the event of animal bites occurring, the Ecodrip, is easily repairable.
Will the Ecodrip be affected by hard water?

The Ecodrip was developed for the agricultural industry and its technology has been tested for a number of decades. Hard water will not affect the even distribution of the water. Some hard water marking will be visible after several years but that's about it.

Unlike porous pipes no chemical treatment is required.

The Ecodrip has high clogging resistance due to the large intake filter being continuously flushed by the water flow as well as a patented self cleaning mechanism. The 12mm pipe diameter also facilitates a good flow of water at all times and at poor water pressure.

Is the Ecodrip System better than the system I already use?
Due to the many advantages (as mentioned above) of the Ecodrip, it is very likely that it is - if you have any reasons to doubt its superior qualities we offer a money back guarantee.
At what distance should the pipes be spaced and can I bury them?
The wall thickness and size of the Ecodrip gives it some basic protection against gardening "accidents" but we generally recommend that pipes will be laid on the surface to avoid any cuts during seasonal garden work. If required it can be buried at a depth of up to 10cm / 6" if required for a new lawn application. Surface laid Ecodrip Pipes can be covered with mulch or bark chippings if required. Pipes can be re-lifted and reused for future applications. The gaps between the Ecodrip lines should be 30cm apart for even watering, as the built in drippers inside the Ecodrip are spaced at 30cm apart. Placing the lines at a similar distance will create a carpeted watering distribution. When vegetation is not crowded or when applied to mature plants that distance can be increased to 50cm. The Ecodrip drippers emit the same level of water throughout the length of the run so you can rest assured that plants near the end of the run will receive the same benefit as the plants nearest to the water source.
Will the Ecodrip save me money?
In the first instance, drip irrigation is the most effective and economical way to irrigate as unlike spray irrigation where there is an excess of water, with Ecodrip there is a minimum of evaporation. Secondly, unlike the traditional porous pipe, every built in dripper inside the Ecodrip emits 1.10 l/h so you can work out precisely the volume of water that is being used according to the length of the pipe. Thirdly, as the water penetrates the roots of the plants directly it does not encourage weeds to grow thus allowing the plants to benefit from more water, the accurate and slow release of the water and also prevents any run-off of excess water. As the Ecodrip operates at low pressure and low volume (0.3 -3.5 bar), it can irrigate larger areas from a single source, with weaker water pressure than other irrigation systems. The Ecodrip has proven commercial and agricultural heritage throughout the world. Where used properly, it has a life span of over seven years. The research and development behind the Ecodrip took many years and a high cost to develop, however the cost of the Ecodrip is priced at attractive rates and the initial investment will easily be justified when the above savings are weighed against it.
How many metres of Ecodrip can I run at one time?
This depends on some main factors: the strength of the water pressure (or pump) and the volume of the water supply (flow). We anticipate that an average mains water supply in the UK will be sufficient to operate approximately 150 metres of 12mm Ecodrip pipes on a single zone. For larger areas, additional zones may be required.
Do I need to drain the system down in the winter?
It is generally recommended to drain down the irrigation system before the frosty season. The Ecodrip is not affected by frost or water freezing inside it (up to -10oC). If the system is controlled by a solenoid valve or fitted with RPZ or non- return valves, there is a likelihood that these will sustain some frost damage. By re-commissioning the system in the early spring you can detect any seasonal problems at an early stage ensuring smooth operation of the Ecodrip.
What do I need to assemble the Ecodrip system?
The Ecodrip range offers an accessory pack to accommodate all that is required for the setup of the system. When the tap is not positioned next to the flower beds or for crossing paved areas, a 16mm solid pipe may be required to link into the Ecodrip. There are optional battery operated controllers and non return valves that can be fitted onto the tap. When the Ecodrip forms a part of a large system it will be set up as a designated zone connected to solenoid valves and an optional computer.
Can the Ecodrip be blocked by soil?
In short, NO. It will not be blocked by soil due to its unique internal flow regulator, intake filter and the self cleaning mechanism. In addition its built-in no-drain device protects the dripline from sucking in small particles or other debris. A water filter can add some protection if "grey" water is in use. Unlike a rubber leaking pipe - no cleaning treatment is required.
What is the best time to install Ecodrip into new landscape constructions?
Anytime really. if installed during the frosty season, we recommend draining down after the initial installation and re-commissioning in the spring.

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