Movable Sprinkler Guide

The movable irrigation system consists of five main components i.e; Water pump, suction pipe, delivery pipe, sprinkler, and other plumbing fittings.
Most times, when you buy individual components, you might need the services of a technician to assemble them on site. This means an extra expenditure on something which you can do by yourself. All you need are a few hand tools like a screwdriver and a pipe wrench.
Follow the following steps for the movable sprinkler guide and then you will realize how easy assembling this system is;
• Screw the pump endcaps and couplers into their respective positions. Ensure that you apply thread tape so that there are no leakages. Leakages will lead to wastage of water, and pressure losses and if they are on the suction end, the pump won’t suck any water.

Fixing the suction and delivery hoses onto the pump

• Insert the suction pipe onto the suction end coupler and tighten it with a hose clip.

Fixing a hose connector

• Insert the delivery pipe onto the suction end coupler and tighten with an orbit clip.

Joining two hoses

  • At the end of every delivery pipe, insert a hose connector. Tighten the delivery hose to the connector using a hose clip.
  • Bring one end of the next delivery hose and insert it on the 2nd end of the hose connector in the previous step. Tighten with a hose clip.
  • Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all the delivery hoses or until you achieve the delivery hose length required.
  • Insert the end of the delivery hose into the long nozzle at the base of the sprinkler stand and tighten using an orbit clamp.

Fixing an irrigation hose on to a sprinkler stand

• Assemble the filter/foot valve

Foot valve/ filter

• Insert the foot valve in the other end of the suction pipe and tighten using an orbit clamp.

Fixing the foot valve on to the suction hose

Congratulations, you have your system fully assembled and understand the movable sprinkler guide. Check out this video to see how it will run.
NOTE: Refer to the pump operation manual for pump operations.

Efficient water usage:

During irrigation, water is lost in various ways. These include runoffs, evaporation, deep percolation to zones that are inaccessible by crop roots, and other ways. During drip irrigation, water is applied where it is required, when it is needed. The percentage of water that is effectively used by plants during drip irrigation is 90% which is way better than the other irrigation systems. This is the major reason why drip irrigation is recommended for farms with limited water resources.

Efficient fertilizer application.

We recommend Drip irrigation which makes fertilization possible. Fertilizers that dissolve in water can be applied through irrigation water. This leads to reduced nutrient loss and fertilizer costs because the fertilizers are applied in the root zones of the crops where they are needed.

Fewer labor costs:

The labor requirement is less in drip irrigation when compared to the irrigation types because the turn of a valve enables the whole system to open or shut down. Other activities like weeding and pruning can also be carried out alongside irrigation which reduces the man hours required on the farm. When we recommend Drip irrigation, it ensures that weeds do not access as much water and nutrients as the crops. This limits their development which in turn reduces weeding costs.

Higher yield;

The efficient application of water and fertilizers leads to a favorable root zone which leads to healthier growth. The selective application of water in only the root zone leaves the rest of the soil dry which suppresses the development of weeds, pests, and other unwanted pathogens while supporting favorable conditions like constant moisture and nutrient levels for the crop and hence higher yields.

Reduced crop infections;

Some fungal infections and water-borne pests are spread through water movement. When we recommend Drip irrigation, only the root zone receives water and so that means such infections and pests are reduced.

Elimination of soil erosion;

The major cause of soil erosion is running water. With drip irrigation, their limited exposure of the soil surface to water and relatively no running water. This implies the elimination of soil erosion is completely

Low energy requirement.

Drip Irrigation is done under gravity or even moderately low pressure than conventional pressurized systems. This means that the energy requirement and the costs that come with it are lowered.

There are currently 1,322,601,076 people in Africa and this population will grow by 200 million people in the next five years. By 2030, Africa will be home to 20% of the world’s population. By 2050, Africa’s population will be 2.4 billion people. This population growth is driving global food demand higher. This is, in turn, driving the food prices high. Africa’s food systems are currently valued at US$313 billion a year. There can never be a better time for investing in agriculture.

However, there are major challenges affecting food production in Africa. The dry spells are becoming more and longer due to climate change. This means that farmers are not assured of all-year agricultural production because of the scarcity of water.

The most perfect solution for the above challenge is irrigation because it ensures that farmers produce food all year round. Irrigation also increases the yields and hence an increase in income for the farmers and food for the general population.

One of the bottlenecks affecting the massive adoption of irrigation by small-scale farmers is its high initial cost. This means that it cannot be easily afforded by small-scale farmers. Several innovations are being implemented which are making irrigation affordable and easy to implement.

Characteristics of an ideal irrigation solution for small-scale farmers

For an irrigation innovation or intervention to be relevant to small-scale farmers, it should have the following characteristics

  • Affordability; It should be cost-effective such that the initial and recurrent costs are not too high. However, it should be able to carry out the irrigation job effectively and efficiently.
  • Durability; The system should be able to work for a relatively long time with little or no usability issues. It should also come with a warranty and or warranty. These are an indication of how the supplier trusts the equipment he or she is selling you.
  • Flexibility; The systems should be able to be moved from one garden or farm to another. This enables the system to be used by multiple farmers or in different gardens. Increasing the capacity through modification or addition of a few items should also be easy.
  • Security; Farmers would like a system than easily be moved to a secure place or one whose equipment cannot be easily stolen if left in the garden.

Sprinktech Solutions;

Banking on our technical knowledge and experience in the irrigation industry, we have developed irrigation solutions that are durable, affordable, flexible, and secure.

Some of the sprinkler irrigation solutions for small-scale farmers that we have developed include one and three-acre sprinkler irrigation packages that are meant to make irrigation affordable and easy for small-scale farmers.

These kits come with an engine pump, flexible pipe, a suction pipe that is wire reinforced, a rain gun sprinkler, and all the connection fittings.  These are complete units and when a farmer purchases one, they take them directly to the farm to irrigate without adding on any other component. (check here to see how to connect them)

ITEM Specifications
1-acre kit 3-acre kit
1 Engine pump 28 mH 65mH
2 Suction pipe 2”* 7 meters 2”*7meters
3 Delivery pipe 2”* 90 meters 2”*300 meters
4 Rain gun sprinkler 20-meter radius (mist sprinkler) 35 meters (Luxor)
5 All connection fittings

ALL ABOUT THE LUXOR SPRINKLER

There are a few sprinklers on the current market with a smoother and gentler performance than the Luxor sprinkler. The gear drive system enables it to rotate smoothly, quietly, and at a uniform speed. It also enables uniform water distribution over the irrigated area. The Luxor sprinkler has a jet stream breaker which makes the jet gentle on tender crops like seedlings, vegetables, and flowers. It can operate on pressures as low as 2 bars which are lower than for most rain guns.

The other amazing characteristics of the Luxor are its Continuous rotation, slow reversing speeds, and uniform water patterns which make it an ideal selection for stationary rain gun stands and traveling irrigators. The Luxor comes with different nozzles that suit different applications and can be adjusted to rotate through a full or part circle coverage.

This Luxor sprinkler has a 1.5-inch female pipe thread connection, adjustable jet stream breaker, and allows coverages up to 72 meters in diameter with flow ranges from 230 to 600 liters per minute.

Check out the Luxor sprinkler in action;

 

The product characteristics of the Luxor sprinkler are;

  • Inlet: 1.5 BSP/NPT/Female thread connection
  • Recommended pressure is 2.0-5.0 kg/cm3
  • Water Jet Range: 10 to 35 meters, Radius
  • Flow Rate Range: 230 to 600 lt per minute
  • Pressure Range: 39 to 85 PSI
  • Trajectory angle: 28 degrees
  • Nozzle size: 12-20mm

Sprinkler irrigation is a modern irrigation method. Its application by farmers saves them from the cumbersome work they have to do to irrigate their farms. These systems supply water similar to rainfall. As water is distributed through the pipes, by pumping, it is sprayed into the atmosphere through a sprinkler.

Water is a fundamental element of agricultural survival. It’s what helps crops develop and grow. The process of supply of water to crops is what is known as irrigation. Traditionally, farmers irrigate their farms by moving water from the wells and canals. This is very cumbersome!

Irrigation Efficiency:

Sprinkler systems are highly efficient in their operational activities. Modern Sprinkler Irrigation systems have advanced controllers for water scheduling, exceedingly efficient nozzles which decrease water usage, and Rain sensors that avert irrigation prior to the rain, during rain, and post-rain. They also have freeze sensors that stop irrigation during freezing temperatures.

Although Sprinkler irrigation systems register high efficiency, they are affected by heavy winds. The wind affects the pattern and distribution of the water which may increase water loss. Nonetheless, this effect can be countered by selecting the right sprinkler irrigation type with the help of a professional.

Suitability to  conditions

Sprinkler Irrigation systems provide uniform water across the farming area. They are ideal for all farming land with no leveling of land required. No topsoil is removed hence fertility of the soil is preserved. For this purpose, lateral pipes supplying water are laid out along land contours.
The system is appropriate for use in irrigating crops in a row, however, large sprinklers are not ideal for sprinkling delicate crops such as lettuce. These drops damage the crops.
Also, sprinkler irrigation is ideal for sandy soils even though they are adaptable to most soils. Sprinklers are not suitable for soils like clay which easily form crust. A fine light spray should be used where sprinkler irrigation is the only available option for a farmer.

Minimum Labor requirement

Sprinkler Irrigation systems require less manual labor to operate although require high technical skills to set up. Successful farmers always hire experts to install the systems.
Certainly, using sprinkler irrigation systems is advantageous in places where labor is scarce and costly. In comparison with surface irrigation methods which cultivation area is lost due to cultivation, sprinkler irrigation systems grant you an increase in crop production area by 16%.

Assured Return on Investment.

The initial capital cost of the sprinkler system is relatively high. However, it’s a one-time investment that can reap many benefits. The life expectancy of the system is 20 years. The components of the system will last you between 10- 15 years without replacement. The technological advancement of the sprinkler system makes it an invaluable resource to own on your farm and worth every penny!

If you are considering buying a sprinkler irrigation system for your farm, Sprinktech Limited offers the best irrigation with free consultancy. Reach out to us via our website at www.sprinktechug.com or via email at info@sprinktechug.com or mobile at +256393240788

 

SELECTING AND OPERATING GENERATORS

If you are starting your water pumping and irrigation journey, there are some things you would like to know about selecting and operating generators to run your pumps. A farm or home without running water is hard to manage. To enjoy farming you need to have an option to supply water by using a generator to run your irrigation pumps.
Electric (AC) pumps are the most common and affordable water pumps currently available on the market. If you are not connected to the national electricity grid, you might have to opt for a generator to provide an alternative source of power to run your water pump.

Types of generators

Generators are classified into different categories depending on the size, engine type, and use. Generators classified on engine types include diesel, petrol, or natural gas engine generators. Generators can also be standby or duty generators if classified based on their application. They can also be classified as portable or non-portable.
Each generator type has its own unique features, qualities, applications, and disadvantages. Great care has to be taken while choosing which generators.

Size of the generator

Generators are helpful in a steady supply of water and it’s important to choose the right generator to run your pumps. When a generator is too big compared to its motor, it will consume a lot of fuel and reduce the efficiency of the generator. The generator’s basic efficiency should be 65% of the rated voltage.
However, when the generator is too large, this efficiency will drop between 30- 50 %. In addition, when the load given to the generator is very low/ small, the engine will encounter a number of problems. For example, the engine may carbon up and glaze due to overloading.
On the other hand, when a generator is too small, its voltage will be insufficient to run the pumps. Increasing the load compared to the size of the generator will slow down the generator. In other words, the generator will stall. This will subsequently damage the generator and other equipment.

Operating the generator

In order to have a smooth operation of your generator in running domestic pumps, you ought to follow the manufacturer’s manual and instructions on how to operate the generator. You may not need a professional to operate the generator but you need to have the basic knowledge of operation such that the generator and all other equipment are not damaged.
Always start the generator before the motor and stop the motor before you shut down the generator. Mistakenly, a generator may be stopped while the motor is running. This will damage the thrust bearing. Operators must avoid this mistake.
The manufacturers usually provide a recommended rating under certain conditions, this should be observed and followed.

Maintaining the generator

It is important to perform maintenance checks on your generator in order to ensure it is performing its tasks in the recommended conditions and avoid breakdown. Inspection should be done to check for leaks, asses oil and coolant levels, check battery terminals and cables and ensure hoses and belts are in good working conditions.
Also, fuel cleaning and filtering should be carried out after a few weeks of operation. It is recommended that you change your generator fuels every after 100 hours of operation. It is also vital to exercise the generator over the load for at least 30 minutes weekly. This activity aids in charging the battery removes excess wetness, lubricates the engine, and filters the fuel.
Keeping records of the maintenance tests and inspection is a good practice for future inspections. These records will help you stay knowledgeable about the status and performance of your generator.

Selecting and operating generators

Each generator type has its own unique features, qualities, applications, and disadvantages. Great care has to be taken while choosing which generators. If you need more assistance in selecting a generator to run your pump, contact us via email at info@sprinktechug.com or call +256393240788

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: MIST SPRINKLER

The mist sprinkler is an efficient and robust impact sprinkler that is used in various agricultural and landscape irrigation applications. This sprinkler has a jet breaker that ensures uniform water distribution and a smooth jet meaning that it can be used even on vulnerable crops like vegetables without damaging their leaves.

The mist sprinkler is suitable for an adjustable radius of operation up to full circle (360 degrees). They also have a jet. With a jet radius of up to 20m, the mist sprinkler can easily irrigate large expanses of your garden. The mist sprinkler comes with multiple nozzles so that it can be used for various applications including irrigation and dust control.

MIST SPRINKLER SPECIFICATIONS:

JET RADIUS: 15-20m

INLET: 1.5″

Nozzles: 3

Pressure requirement: 1.5-4bars

Material: Engineering plastic


Would you want to learn more about the mist sprinkler or any other irrigation solutions, please inbox or call 0393240788 or email info@sprinktechug.com.

A solar water pumping system is an excellent investment for your farm during irrigation, home, or business. It’s an alternative to the engine and electric-driven pumping systems. Solar water pumping saves you from spending on monthly electric or fuel bills to run your pumps.

 

The sun is a natural resource and thanks to advanced innovations in solar technology, solar power is utilized for both domestic, agricultural, and industrial use. Your one-time investment in solar water pumping systems can last for over 40 years with minimal maintenance costs incurred. It’s a wise decision to buy a solar water pump, but do you know what components make up a solar water pumping system?

Water pumps.

A water pump is a significant component of any water pumping system. There are several kinds of water pumps, including submersible water pumps, circulation pumps, booster pumps and sump pumps.

  • Submersible pumps: These pump water from great depths such as underground water sources like boreholes and shallow wells.
  • Circulator pumps: These pumps circulate and keep water hot and ready to use throughout and ensure a continuous supply.
  • Water booster pumps: These provide the pressure required to move water from a storage tank to supply your entire house or facility like the Taifu TSQB Solar pump

Solar Panels

A solar panel is the main component of the solar water pumping system. A group of solar panels is known as an Array. A solar panel creates electricity by allowing photons, and light rays to knock electrons free from atoms and hence generate electricity.
A solar panel comprises other smaller units known as photovoltaic cells which convert sunlight to electricity. There exist different types of solar power technology, such as solar thermal and concentrated solar power.
These operate in a way different from photovoltaic solar panels. However, they also harness the power of sunlight to create electricity used to run the water pumps.

Solar Batteries

Batteries store the charge generated by the solar panels. During the day, electricity generated by the solar panels is supplied to the battery and the load. When the load demand is higher than the energy received from the solar panels, these batteries will provide stable power to the pumping systems. Batteries ensure that the water pumping systems run whether the sun shines or not.
Solar power applications typically use deep-cycle batteries because they can persist in repeated and deep discharges.

Pump Controllers

Pump controllers customize the parameters of the pumping systems to fit the user’s requirements and also protect the pumping systems. They can be used to set a pumping schedule for the water. The practice of scheduling water helps to maximize the lifespan of the water pump.

Solar Inverters

Inverters convert direct currents (DC) to Alternating Current (AC). The conversion of DC to AC is necessary for several electrical devices, including Water pumps. Consequently, this makes an inverter an essential component of the water solar pumping system. However, the use of DC pumps eliminates the requirement of inverters.

During cloudy and low light days, the inverter is a high power back up keeping your water pumps running even without solar.

If you are considering investing in solar water pumping systems, the knowledge about these components gives you a clear picture of what you are investing in and their benefits versus the cost.

 

At sprinktech, we have solar water pumping systems and equipment in stock. We do custom design to meet your needs, offer free consultation and install the equipment at a very subsidized price. Reach out to us via info@sprinktechug.com so that our engineers can give you advice on solar water pumping solutions

why you need a solar backup system

Are you considering investing in a solar backup system and wondering if you will be making the best decision? Well, reading this article may answer all your questions.

Types of Solar Backup systems

However, it is imperative to understand what kind of solar backup systems exist before you decide to buy one. Below are the solar backup systems available at Sprinktech Limited.

1. Uninterruptible backup system.

This type is an ideal solution for hospitals and industries with sensitive equipment. With this backup system, it is usually hard to notice a flicker in the lights once the power grid goes down.

2. Interruptible power supply.

Also known as a full home backup. The interruptible power supply system will allow your home to keep running on solar and batteries when the grid goes down. While using this system, your home may experience a short period of blackout as the backup system steps into gear.

Solar power production is on the rise nowadays, and advancement in solar technology has made it more accessible and affordable to own solar panels in homes and farms.

Benefits of solar back systems;

Just like solar-powered water pumping systems, there are significant benefits of owning a solar backup system in your home or farm. These include;

  1. Alternative to load shedding;

For one reason or the other, the electric utility company may shut off the electrical supply. This shutdown may last a few hours or even days. Families, businesses, and farms that rely 100% on government grids then suffer a standstill in business, and all electrically powered devices will not work.
No one ever knows when the electricity company will shut off the power. It happens and gets you unawares. These load-shedding episodes are frustrating, mainly if they occur at weird hours of the night, leaving you in absolute darkness.
You could then opt for a generator to power your house, but the noisy sounds that come from running the generator and the fuel costs do not pose as an excellent solution for your home. The best alternative is a solar power backup system which offers you a similar peace of mind as the electric power without the disturbance that comes from running a generator until the power comes back.

2. Avoids Wastage And Inconvenience;

 

Avoid inconvenience in most modern homes and farms, all appliances run on power: the refrigerator, the Television, the flat iron, and water pumps. A power shortage presents a considerable risk to the food in the fridge. On the other hand, homeowners may experience inconveniences like the inability to iron clothes because of power shortages, and missing their favorite TV programs. Occasionally, they may have no water running at all since pumps can’t work without power.
With solar power backup systems, you will be able to keep your appliances running even under unexpected power cut off. Life will generally continue with no inconveniences and wastage.

3. Reduced Monthly Bills;

A Solar power backup system should be considered not only for power cut-offs but as a way to save you from monthly electricity and water bills. With the one-time investment in the system, you will only pay for maintenance which may happen once in 10 years. You will leverage the natural power supply from the sun and enjoy a free bill month.
Solar panels collect energy from the sun when it is shining during the day. This is an opportunity to use the collected solar power at night and save money.

4. Reduced Carbon Footprints.

Unlike electricity, solar power does not emit harmful gasses into the environment. If you are concerned about environmentally friendly systems, then solar energy is the best option.

If you want to install a solar power backup system for your property, consult with us. We do custom design to help meet your needs, offer free consultation and install systems at a subsidized price.

Contact Sprinktech Limited via info@sprinktechug.com or +256393240788 to enquire more about our solar backup solutions.

Solar light technology has grown in popularity over the years, and it’s quite evident that the benefits outweigh any other light products. Solar technology not only saves you from monthly electricity bills, but it is also both sustainable and environmentally friendly. Investing in solar outdoor lights is a worthwhile decision.

Solar outdoor lighting systems store energy from the sun during the day for night use when the sun is out. The technology includes different features. These include automatic lighting, rechargeable batteries, and wireless technology smart remote-control systems. solar lighting systems generate, store and use energy.

Traditional lights last up to 8000 hours, usually less than a year, while solar lights can go up to 7 years. Solar lights also help increase the productivity and visibility of people while they cycle or carry out any activities at night.

Here are several unique areas where you can use solar outdoor lights;

Parking lots;

Pedestrians need streetlights for additional security. Choosing to install solar streetlights helps you reduce the costs of cabling, extra trenching, and utility costs at the end of the month. Solar streetlights are self-contained, making them ideal for bike lanes, driveways, and pedestrian pathways.
Parking lots require sufficient lighting for the security of cars and the property of the owners of the vehicles. It involves several lights installed on every lane. To save yourself the hustle that comes with cabling and paying monthly electricity bills, Invest in solar outdoor lights for your parking

Roads and High ways;

Increase night visibility by installing solar streetlights on highways. Many challenges come with insufficient lighting on roads including, highway robberies and accidents. Solar street lights must be installed on roadways to mitigate these issues.
In areas where it is challenging to bring alternating Current (AC), solar street lights are the ideal solution. Protect pedestrians, bikers, and car travelers by installing illuminating infrastructure.

Schools and Universities;

Educational institutes should embrace solar energy and save the institution massive monthly bills. Also, using solar power will offer students firsthand knowledge about green energy, reducing carbon footprints; lessons they learn in school.
Solar street lights can be installed at bus shelters, signs to the parking lot, and streets that lead to administrative blocks or students’ halls of residence.

Residential premises;

If you love a beautiful home, then adding color to it would spark fun and character. There are many decorative solar outdoor lights that you could install in your home. Solar outdoor lights help enhance the beauty of your home during nighttime as well as illuminate pathways in your home. Garden lighting in your home will make you love spending more time in your garden. It is more exciting if you don’t have to worry about monthly bills because you are using energy directly from the sun.
Government Units and municipalities.

Solar lights are an ideal alternative for outdoor lighting in public service because they help save money and conserve the environment. Governments have a lot of utility costs every end of the month yet outdoor lighting is paramount for their security.

Ideally, governments should opt for solar energy as it is efficient and can power the premises 365 days a year without any fault.

Areas that may require solar street lights include pathways, roadways, streets within government units or offices, lanes, public spaces, and security lighting.

Business units

Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by opting for clean energy such as using solar outdoor lights. Solar power is environmentally friendly, and you could promote your business by being an advocate for clean energy. By installing solar street lights around your business premises, your business may benefit from state incentives regarding clean energy.

If you would like to purchase any outdoor lighting for your home, government unit, road or highways, or educational institute, reach out to us at Sprinktech Limited. We offer a free consultation, system design, and install all your systems at a subsidized price.