With the Aquifer Pipe. So you will be able to recharge groundwater and irrigate your farm. What is the Aquifer pipe? It’s a new category of subsurface irrigation.
It is buried five feet below the surface in the middle of the service road. It is not small in size rather a six-inch diameter pipe. So that it can allow the flow of large amounts of water through it. As the water passes along the edges what happens is that it starts to percolate into the center channel. That is why it has that “V” shape to allow the water to sit in that center channel and as a result, the soil becomes fully saturated.
This fully saturated soil then allows the surrounding soil to wick it up about two to three feet in height and about four to seven feet off to the sides depending on the type of soil. It forms a moisture plume in that subsurface subterranean moisture plane which is where the plants feed on, they don’t feed on the pipe itself. That is why it’s in the middle of the service road and placed next to every other service road. That’s why we can get the water to the plants from the sides and the roots will get down deep to where it can absorb it.
The Groundwater Recharge to irrigate farm
The same pipe is used to recharge the groundwater. So During the growing season, we cut your water consumption in half, and then in the wintertime, we use it to recharge the groundwater by overflowing the extra stormwater or with conveyance water that comes to your field. Therefore you’re recharging the overall groundwater the same as the amount that you’ve taken out during the summertime.
As the setup is low on the surface. Therefore we avoid any water loss to evaporation. And also keep the top 3 inches to 6 inches dry to avoid weed seed germination and fungi events.
- Drip irrigation requires 8 to 60 psi, sprinkler irrigation requires 30 to 60 psi and 0 psi for the Aquifer pipe. It’s fully gravitational flow.
- Cuts water transportation energy by 50%
- Cuts irrigation energy by 90 to 100 percent. And Cuts well water-pump demand by 50%.
Cost For 100 acres
- drip irrigation needs $14,194
- sprinkler irrigation needs $28,388
- and for aquifer pipe, it costs $0 because everything is gravitational flow.
- No recurring maintenance that drip and sprinkler systems require due to animals, corrosion, wear and tear.
- Deep roots prevent trees from blowing over.
- Fertilizer sequestered in the saturated zone that results in higher yields per acre, cuts herbicide use by 90%, and the associated labor.
- Also, reduce the fungicide use by 70 percent and associated labor. Cuts irrigation maintenance by sixty percent.
The pipe is made with 100% recycled post-consumer plastic invented in California, patent-pending with country rights.
What’s unique about the upper pipe is that it’s going to last in that field for about 80 years.