Wine Grape growers in California are saving water and drastically reduce labor costs by using a new, non-toxic irrigation cleaning treatment. These vineyards are using a ‘bio-catalyst’ called Phyto-Cat, which accelerates gas transfer on a microscopic level to catalyze an immediate decomposition of organic material in water.
Depending on the quality of the irrigation water most irrigation systems will need to be cleaned using some form of chemical treatment to keep drip emitters dripping. There are several drip irrigation cleaning chemicals available. The types of obstruction that can be effectively cleaned, the method of application and the risks associated with use differ greatly between chemicals. The table below gives an overview of which groups of chemicals can be used for various types of irrigation system clogging issues and the hazards involved in their use.