Please scroll through the project gallery to see the different phases of our installation process. We have installed Eco-Drip systems in many different areas across the United States. We will occasionally update the project gallery with unique installation projects.
This is one of the first phases of the installation process. This dripline is being installed west of Holdrege, NE. Generally we are installing 3 or 5 driplines at once and aim for a depth of 12". It requires a front wheel assit tractor with at least 160 Hp.
This is a sand media filter installation around Columbus, NE. This filter is a bank of 3 - 48" tanks and can filter up to 900 GPM. All sand media filters are built on a cement pad and it is best to have some kind of cover over them to protect from sunlight and weather.
An 18 - 24 inch trench is cut on the manifold and flushing ends of the system after the dripline is injected. The trenches can be anywhere from 24 - 52 inches deep. The average drip system has over 1 mile of trenches and 1.5 miles of pipe.
Supply Line Installation
The supply line provides filtered water to valves in the field. The size of the supply line depends on the design flow and pressure requirements. Typically it is 6 or 8 inches in diameter.
Valve Bank Installation - Field
In most drip systems the field or zone valves are either banked together to minimize obstacles or they are installed at the filter. The field valves control which zones are being irrigated much like an automated lawn sprinkler system. Once the valves in the field are installed, a metal box is placed over them to protect the valves and solenoids from sunlight and equipment.
Manifold Line Installation
The manifold line supplies filtered water from the valves to the individual driplines. This is a photo of manifold lines being installed at the Monsanto Learning Center in Gothenberg, NE. Typically the manifold lines are 6,4, and 3 inches in diameter.
The driplines are connected to the manifold and flush lines using tubing. A hole is drilled in the PVC pipe, a rubber grommet is inserted, and a plastic insert adapter is pushed into the grommet. The tube is connected to the dripline using a stainless steel wire tie. There are usually over a thousand dripline connections in each drip irrigation system.
Flush Line Installation
One of the most important maintenance items in a drip system is the flush manifold. The flush manifold is connected to the end of the driplines and is used to clean out any sediments that have contaminated the system. These sediments can be dirt from broken pipes or driplines, minerals that have precipitated out of the water, or scale buildup from hardwater. Typically the flush manifold consist of 3,2 and 1.5 inch pipe connected to a ball valve that is installed 6-10 inches above ground.
In some areas it is common to use a sea shipping container as a filter building. This container houses 6 - 48 inch tanks giving it the ability to filter up to 1,800 GPM. However, this system is filtering very dirty canal water which lowers the filter capacity to under 1,500 GPM.
One of the larger filtration systems sold by Eco-Drip in east Oklahoma. This system is 16 - 48" tanks.