Underground ceramic tube watering system

Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)May 6, 2008

I am currently reading "Solviva" by Anna Edy (Trailblazer Press, 1998).

In this book, she tells (rather skimpily) about an underground watering system invented by her brother.

(page 100)

"In mid-October my brother arrived from Sweden to install the C.I.T. (Capillary Irrigation Tubes) underground irrigation system he had invented several years earlier. These special formula low-fired ceramic pipes, which can be made from local clay anywhere in the wordl, had already been installed in arid areas such as Botswana, Egypt, Peru, Mexico and Sri Lanka, providing astonishing increases in yields and reduction in irrigation water. Also tested in Sweden, this sytem has met with equal success, growing cut-and-come-again shrub willow for the production of fuelwood. Buried permanently below ploughing depth, the C.I.T. system can remain effective without maintenance essentially "forever". The test installations have demonstrated that this is the most economical, effective, water-conserving and low-energy irrigation system in the world. Solviva would provide the opportunity to test this system in a northern greenhouse.

"It took two days to install 400 feet of C.I.T. pipe 12 inches deep. To test it, we put a hose into one of the 13 upright vent pipes distributed along the system, and after a few minutes the water level started rising in all the other vent pipes, confirming that the whole system was evenly filled with water. We then turned down the flow of water from the hose and left it on for 12 hours. The water level in the vent pipes remianed at the same level, demonstrating that the water was being absorbed by the soil surrounding the clay pipes."

It sounds wonderful, but.....

How do minerals in the water supply affect the porosity of the pipe?

Are there issues with roots?

Where would you find them?

I've tried looking online for information, and although I can find references to ceramic irrigation tubes, I can't find specific information about purchase or use or even if the method has succeeded or failed.

So, do any of the GWers know more about it?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I imagine you'd have the same type of root problems that occur with sewer and drain pipes. Probably depends on the crop and how often the field is plowed.

In landscape irrigation, we used a tube that had tiny holes drilled in it with a laser. Those holes did get clogged from mineral build-up with time, but they were quite small.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 7:15PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
My sprinkler system station stopped working
Hello! I have a problem with my sprinkler system. One...
Homemade rain barrel: you think BBQ sauce residue will hurt plants?
I bought a food grade barrel to convert into a rain...
Irrigation upgrade - who to call?
My property has an old irrigation system. It works...
cakbu z9 CA
Need Suggestion about Iriigation System Pots
Have you heard of the eco grow pots or the irrigation...
Peter Jones
Making changes of existing irrigation system
Hi folks, am hoping you can help me with these questions. I...
Sponsored Products
Essential Oils Diffuser - White
| Dot & Bo
Pink 18x18-Inch Silk Dupioni Square Poly Insert Decorative Pillow
$113.95 | Bellacor
Large Horizon Falls 33" High Wall Fountain with LEDs
Lamps Plus
Air Pro 48W in. Roman Copper Wall Mounted Range Hood - CHRWC48 HAMMERED LIGHT
SomerTile Atticus Beige Stone-look Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile (Case of 7)
48" Bashe Bamboo Vessel Sink Vanity
Signature Hardware
White Kneeling Buddha Statue
$29.99 | zulily
Cosby Leather Loveseat - Brighton Ciment Gray
Joybird Furniture
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™