Maintenance of drip systems


Regular maintenance is essential and should never be neglected!Clogged lines and emitters that stopped working
are difficult to repair and may have to be replaced. Conventional large-scale drip systems are kept clean by
regular application of chemicals (acids against mineral deposits and chlorine against bacterial growth). This is difficult for small-­‐scale farmers. However, they can and should do at least do the following:
• Check and clean your filter(s) at least once every week, or even every day if the water is dirty.
• In addition, check your lines for leakage. fix holes as soon as possible to prevent uneven irrigation. Wrap a piece of cloth around a leak or fix it with tape.
• Flush your irrigation pipes thoroughly at least once every month. Open the ends of the header, flush it and close it again. Then open the far ends of a portion of he tubes at a time and allow the water to rush out the sediment.
• Disassemble the system when it is not in use, clean it well and store it in a safe place.