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drip irrigation / zones / toggle/latching valves

10 years ago

Excuse the long message �" hopefully someone has the patience to read and comment/answer ;)

I think I may be complicating
things too much �" can someone help me out ;) - hopefully
I can further reduce number of zones

My initial drip irrigation setup around the house had one zone and it was better than watering by hand for 3 hrs but it just didn't have the control necessary for the water needs of the different plants (at least that is what I thought). I am using
1/2" hose with integrated drippers and 1/2" hose with inserted drippers (drippers are 2l/hr). I am getting a water flow of
approx 1600l / hr at the tap.

Now, I would like to improve the system and automate it including remote control, either with 24V valves or solar/battery powered toggle/latching valves to avoid the wiring. For the solar/battery powered alternative, I was thinking of using some open source electronics like "Open Sprinkler" and Orbit or Rainbird valves.

Trying to group the plants into zones seems difficult to me as different types of plants are mixed all around the house. Here is my attempt at trying to group them �" plan is attached.

Maybe someone could comment on whether I could further reduce the number of zones / what could I further group together ( & what do I need to do regarding number of emitters/tubing etc. to be able to have the plants in one group) ?

Initial thoughts about zone breakdown (electric valves would be at (A) water location).
ZONE 1 �" vegetable garden raised beds + strawberries
ý tubing without drippers to raised beds
4 tails of ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters in raised beds
ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters �" 2 rows 40 cm spacing for strawberries

ZONE 2 �" grapevine �" 1 row of ý in. Tubing with inserted emitters (2 per plant
Spaced 40cm from plant)

ZONE 3 �" ground cover on all 4 sides of house including laurel
Winding ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters 40cm between
wind in tube.

ZONE 4 �" citrus + fruit trees
ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters �" semi loop around base of tree

ZONE 5 �" kiwi
ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters �" 2 rows 40 cm spacing

ZONE 6 - berries
ý in. Tubing with integrated emitters �" 2 rows 40 cm spacing

In case I was using solar/battery powered valves which toggle/latch i.e. once turned on, don't turn off if there's no power
Could I install one 24V valve, filter and pressure regulator (which can always ;) be switched off)
as source of water to the toggle/latching solar/battery operated valves ?
Is the same done for an all 24 V valve system i.e. one filter/regulator going
Into each valve ?

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