Water use is dramatically increasing due to contemporary global issues such as population growth and climate change, depleting national environmental resources and effecting water and food security.
The solution – Moistube™ assists in rectifying such issues by addressing the needs of the agricultural industry. Moistube™ has proven higher water efficiency, increased crop yields and superior production profitability, with limited maintenance, at reduced cost.
- Water consumption reduced by up to 75%
- Elimination of evaporation and percolation losses
- Up to 20% increase in crop and biomass production
- Pump elimination increases system reliability and longevity
- Significant reduction in maintenance time and costs
How does it work?
Moistube™ is a slow release, sub-surface irrigation system. It is based on a unique nano-technology which significantly reduces water use. The irrigation process reduces plant stress to a minimum via constant water release; 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. On average there is approximately a 20% increase in crop and biomass production while reducing water consumption by up to 75%.
Moistube™ releases water through nano-holes at a rate determined by an applied pressure in the system. The method allows for easy water release adjustments, simply by changing the pressure in the network. Within soil, Moistube™ creates an even and constant underground wet zone where plant roots have easy access to water and nutrients.
The nano-porous Moistube™ material utilises natural capillary processes. The process enables Moistube™ to release a sufficient amount of water for when the soil is dry and reduces once the soil is saturated.
Global Water Scarcity
The rapid increase of the global population is putting large strain on the environment and its natural resources. Access to fresh water reserves, water demand, and water security are a collection of environmental issues that the global population will face in the coming decades.
Water Scarcity in the UAE:
- UAE water consumption is one of the highest in world (1,375 liters per capita)
- National recharge capacity for aquifers has declined from 72,000 L/person/ annum to 42,000 L/person/ annum
- Demand is anticipated to increase by 30% by 2030 from today’s 3.8 billion to 5 billion in 2030
- Groundwater is the primary water source in Abu Dhabi followed by increasing dependence on desalination processes
Moistube™ Key Features:
75% Water Savings
Moistube™ will consume, on average, approximately 25% of the water used by a drip system.
Moistube™ delivers water directly to the feeding roots; eliminating evaporation losses (typically 30% of the total water consumption).
When watering sandy soils with traditional irrigation systems approximately 40% of the water is lost by percolation before it can be absorbed by roots. Moistube’s™ capability in adjusting water release, according to the soil moisture content, aids to minimise percolation loses.
Increased Bio-mass Production
Sub-surface, continuous irrigation by Moistube™, can provide approximately 20% larger crops from the same area when compared to traditional irrigation systems while saving up to 75% of total water use.
Mositube’s™ nano-sized holes are much smaller than bacteria or sand grains which makes it resistant to commonly occurring drip blockages.
No Pumps/ No Electricity
Moistube™ operates under very low water pressure. Conventional pumps are typically not required saving electricity and reducing maintenance costs.
Set & Forget
Traditional irrigation systems require infrastructure such as pumps, timers and timer valves. Moistube™ eliminates most features by reducing maintenance costs to a minimum.
Efficient Fertiliser Use
Soluble fertilisers can be used with Moistube™ increasing their effectiveness. In traditional irrigation systems, up to 75% of nutrients can be lost via percolation, contaminating groundwater aquifers.
Moistube™ is fully compatible with standard 16mm irrigation systems widely used around the world.
Water use comparisons:
10m2 Vegetables Water Used in 1 Yr = 109,500 litres
10m2 Vegetables Water Used in 1 Yr = 18,250 litres
10m2 Vegetables Water Used in 1 Yr = 80,300 litres
10m2 Vegetables Water Used in 1 Yr = 4,380 litres
Who is Envirogrower?
Envirogrower Middle East specialises in low water use sub-surface irrigation products. Our clients range from landscape contractors to local and federal government agencies, fruit and vegetable growers, and property developers.
We specialise in client oriented sustainable solutions. Our team of skilled professionals can develop a solution tailored according to your unique needs.
We developed an innovative desert irrigation system for the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, which saves them up to 60% in water usage.
Our key clients in the UAE include:
- International Fund for Houbara Conservation