Checklist for a trouble-free micro irrigation system

Posted on September 12, 2018


Micro Irrigation systems operate best at low pressure and have small outlets, so you should address a few key things to have a trouble-free system. The system should incorporate the following key components:

1. Pressure Reducer – This is attached to the water source (tap or timer) and is designed to provide a constant downstream pressure regardless of the higher mains pressure. It helps prevent the micro irrigation system from bursts and leaks due to high pressure and ensures that drippers and sprays work at their correct pressure. We recommend a 175 kPa Antelco pressure regulator.

2. Inline Filter – A filter should be installed inline at the tap (after the pressure reducer) to trap any contaminants that can come through the water that can block drippers or sprays. It is easier to clean one filter than it is to clean or replace drippers or sprays.

3. Ratchet Clamps – these clamps are installed over the poly pipe and barbed fitting to prevent the pipe coming off the fitting.

4. End Flushing points – The best end flushing points are the End Sleeve because they can be easily dismantled to allow you to periodically flush out any accumulated sediments. With these things in place you should enjoy a trouble-free micro irrigation system. We have more information showing these components and a typical system.