Measured Irrigation Videos

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Unpowered Terracotta Valve

A minute and a half of you time now may save you thousands of dollars on an automatic irrigation system. The Unpowered Terracotta Valve automatically controls sprinkler or drip irrigation. The Unpowered Terracotta Valve responds automatically to the on-site evaporation and rainfall. In fact the irrigation frequency is proportional to the net evaporation. 

(uploaded 1 May 2022, duration 1:30)

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Unpowered Irrigation Valve

Saves more water than a conventional smart irrigation controller. The Unpowered Irrigation Valve (UIV) can be used instead of a solenoid valve. The UIV uses evaporation to control irrigation rather than the static timer intervals in conventional devices. The UIC only sends water when plants need it. It responds to the same local weather conditions as the soil. Deep or shallow watering, frequent or delayed watering – all can be accommodated.

(uploaded 20 April 2022, duration 5:28)

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Unpowered Irrigation Controller

The Unpowered Irrigation Controller (UIC) uses evaporation to control irrigation rather than the static timer intervals in conventional devices. It works with ordinary irrigation solenoid valves of any size, one solenoid per controller, sprinkler or dripper systems. The UIC only sends water when plants need it. It responds to the same local weather conditions as the soil. Deep or shallow watering, frequent or delayed watering – all can be accommodated.

(uploaded 7 April 2022, duration 4:08)

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Terracotta Valve

This remarkable new invention is now using an unglazed terracotta pot as the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art unpowered irrigation valve. The Terracotta Valve is suitable for automatic sprinkler irrigation or drip irrigation. The Terracotta Valve does not require an irrigation controller. Each valve is self-controlled whereby variations in the irrigation frequency are automatically controlled by the on-site prevailing weather conditions.

(uploaded 10 May 2021, duration 4:46)

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Bottomless Rainwater Tank Attachment

Many gardeners would like to use their rainwater tank to irrigate their garden. However a problem arises when the rainwater tank runs out of water. The ideal solution is to install the Bottomless Rainwater Tank Attachment so that your rainwater tank never runs out of water. The Bottomless Rainwater Tank Attachment is completely external to the tank and so it’s easy for anyone to install.

(uploaded 7 November 2020, duration 5:22)

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Kerbside Stormwater Recycling Kit

The kit lets you water your garden with stormwater recovered from the roadside gutters. When it starts raining the pump inside the cup starts automatically and pumps water into a tank or wheelie bin. When it stops raining the pump stops automatically.
(uploaded 17 October 2020, duration 2:10)

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DIY Unpowered Measured Irrigation Controller Kit

The Do-It-Yourself Kit is easy to assemble and cuts the price of the Unpowered Measured Irrigation Controller by more than 50%.You can leave your garden unattended for weeks on end. The Unpowered MI Controller is incredibly simple and so it's easy to assemble and there are fewer things to go wrong.The controller allows all your plants to be irrigated automatically without using any electricity.
(uploaded 18 August 2020, duration 5:30)

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Unpowered Measured Irrigation Controller

You can leave your garden unattended for weeks on end. The Unpowered MI Controller is incredibly simple and so there are fewer things to go wrong. This video is for smallholders using drip irrigation (either pressurised or gravity feed) on a small plot of land. It is a smart irrigation controller because the irrigation scheduling is controlled by the prevailing weather conditions.You can adjust both the water usage and the irrigation frequency.
(uploaded 21 May 2020, duration 6:09)

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Innovation and gravity feed irrigation

This video features a large garden in Adelaide using gravity feed irrigation from a header tank. A single zone can be used because the pressure at the tank outlet is the same regardless of the number of drippers. There are about 1000 non pressure compensating drippers and the pressure at each the dripper is about 50 cm. For conventional pressurised irrigation a pump is needed and the single zone would need to be replaced by many zones. The water usage is directly proportional to the prevailing net evaporation rate.

(uploaded 9 March 2020, duration 8:24)

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DIY smart irrigation

This video provides step by step instructions so that smallholders can use smart irrigation scheduling. All that is needed is a steel pipe and a storage container. Use for high or low pressure for any irrigation zone, big or small. The irrigation scheduling takes account of

the evapotranspiration of your plants, the soil type, and the depth of the root zone.

(uploaded 25 July 2019, duration 7:00)

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Measured Irrigation for Smallholders -
Use 50% less water by using a bucket and a steel pipe

This video is for smallholders using gravity feed drip irrigation on a small plot of land. By upgrading from programmed irrigation scheduling to measured irrigation scheduling, water usage may be reduced by 50% or more without affecting the yield. 
(uploaded 14 February 2017, duration 5:14)

4th International Conference on Agriculture and Horticulture

Dr Omodei was a Keynote Speaker at the 4th International Conference on Agriculture and Horticulture in Beijing, 13th to 15th July 2015. This is a video of Dr Omodei's keynote address. The title of the address was Measured Irrigation - Improving the water-efficiency of irrigation by changing the irrigation paradigm.

(uploaded 6 April 2016, duration 30:26)

 

Irrigation innovation uses the weather to control litres per week per dripper

This video is for anyone who uses drip irrigation (pressurised or gravity feed) and would like to reduce their water consumption. All that is needed is a bucket. After you have upgraded to measured irrigation, the number of litres per week emitted by each dripper is directly proportional to the nett evaporation rate.

(uploaded 14 June 2016, duration 7:09)

measured irrigation from a rainwater tank

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Think twice before you buy a pump for your rainwater tank

With measured irrigation you have much more control over the amount of water used for each plant. You don't need a controller because measured irrigation is controlled by the prevailing weather conditions. Measured irrigation is incredibly simple and inexpensive so think twice before you buy a pump for your rainwater tank.

(uploaded 30 October 2014, duration 7:30)

measured irrigation - a major advance in gravity-feed irrigation

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A major advance in gravity-feed irrigation

Three questions are answered in this video.

(1) Is there a low-cost, accurate and uniform  method to water your garden from a tank? 
(2) Why is this information not available from any irrigation supplier? 
(3) How can the irrigation system be automated using a solar panel?

(uploaded 21 May 2014, duration 6:55)