Wroot Water - Model K-Line - Irrigation and Water Movement System
Wroot Water Limited specialises in Irrigation and Water Movement. We have recently started to import a new irrigation system from New Zealand called K-Line Irrigation. K-Line is a very simple form of irrigation and distribution of waste water. Clean and dirty water can both be used through the K-Line system which is especially effective and efficient in the distribution of parlour washings within dairy farms. K-Line Irrigation has been used successfully throughout New Zealand for a number of decades now in various types of irrigation and water distribution. This simple system consists of a 100m length of 40mm pipe, with 8-9 K-Line pods attached.
The sprinklers can be selected to suit individual needs and sit inside the pods. The line can be moved easily to anywhere within the field or another field simply by attaching it to the back of your Quad Bike/Vehicle and dragging it along. The K-Line system is also not a large out lay of money as you are not required to purchase in large amounts. To get the system started you are only required to have 1 line and are able to expand the system as you have the requirement to do so. Wroot Water is proud to be the only company in the country to have started importing K-Line as we feel this will soon be a very useful and effective form of water distribution in the UK.
Good irrigation is getting the required amount of water to the required area of pasture with as little cost and as little effort as possible.
Working to achieve the ideal balance you'll have to consider such things as: the rate of application; the cost of running your irrigation system; the efficiency of application and not to mention the capital cost of setting up, running, upgrading or expanding your irrigation system.
Firstly, the rate of application. A lower rate of application over a longer period of time helps maintain an excellent balance between the plant and its soil environment.
Next, running costs. Higher running pressures equate to higher running costs.
Finally, consideration must be given to your existing farm layout and the expense of any alterations required to install your new irrigation system.
Existing shelter belts, paddock shapes, water ways and farm tracks all require a tremendous effort to remove or relocate. You need a simple, flexible, easy to fit system that doesn't turn your farm upside down.
K-Line is a revolutionary flexible hose line sprinkler irrigation system designed to reduce the time and money you spend on irrigation. At the heart of the system is a series of small, tough plastic pods protecting a small sprinkler firmly attached to special K-Line low density poly pipe. The system can be run on low pressure and is designed to distribute water on a slow absorption method for up to a 24 hour period, firstly, to eliminate the need to shift irrigation several times a day and, secondly, to allow maximum absorption into the soil, reducing run-off and pooling. K-Line uses less water much more effectively. K-Line is also very flexible. Variables such as running time per day/night, rotations, application rates etc., can be easily adjusted to suit your farm management style. Stock can also continue to use the paddocks being irrigated.
Each paddock has its own sprinkler line, customised to suit the size and shape of the paddock, and is run simultaneously depending on water supply. However, you don't need to run them all at once. You may choose to run only what's needed, or what's available depending on your water constraints. The small, flexible, strong, lightweight lines can be shifted in only minutes by a 4 wheeled motor bike, by simply driving across the paddock.
The process starts with a visit from your local irrigation consultant to plan you K-Line system. They will examine the shape and size of your property, land use, the quality and quantity of the water supply, irrigation rotation and the soil types involved. Advise them of your needs - and together, with a hydraulic analysis, water pressure requirements, pump sizes, power systems and budget, your options can be determined.
You'll need a network of distribution mains to deliver the water to each paddock (FIG 1). The size of these pipes are reduced as the number of paddocks fed progressively reduces the cost of main piping. The mains terminate with a single riser or risers depending on the size of each paddock. The feed lines (FIG 3) connect to the isolation valve at the riser, and are customised depending on the size and shape of the paddock. The sprinkler lines are also customised for the paddock, using 40mm and 32mm special K-Line low density poly pipe. The K-Line pods are then fitted.
The K-Line sprinkler units consist of a sprinkler, a specially designed tapping saddle and a tough protective housing (pod). The pod serves many purposes, such as protecting the sprinkler, keeping the sprinkler upright and stopping the crop interfering with the sprinkler action.
Assembly is so simple, many people choose to install the feed and sprinkler lines themselves.