Some facts about WaterWands and Irrigatia pumps:

Both WaterWands and Irrigatia C12 & C24 pumps are solar powered, weather reponsive and designed to irrigate garden beds, vegetable gardens, hanging baskets, living walls, greenhouses or pot plants without using mains water or electricity. You can even use them for hydroponics. We now have a new tank series which will water larger areas. The details are further down the page.

The smaller pumps are programmed to switch on and run every 3 hours, at a rate of approximately 100-120mL/min. The run time may be as much as two hours or as little as a few seconds. The total volume delivered is in proportion to the amount of sunlight the unit has received in the preceding 3 hours (which determines how much water your plants need) and the pump settings. The length of time the units run for will also be affected by the orientation of the pump to the sun (north to north-west is best), the time of year, shading and even the height above sea level (well, a little).

The units have 5 settings, the higher the setting, the more solar power is collected and stored by the unit, and the longer the pump will run for when it switches on.

The units are also supplied with a filter so tank water can be used without the risk of the pumps being blocked, 15m of 4mm poly tube and a 12-dripper irrigation kit (12 x 1l drippers, 12 T-joiners, 12 stakes) and an anti-siphon device.

The pumps will use any convenient clean water source – a tank, a water butt, a bin full of water, even a bucket.  The pumps are not intended to run dry but short periods will not damage them. The C12 & C24 Irrigatia pumps and the original WaterWand will warn you if the water source runs dry and switch off. They are not intended for use with dirty water but it is possible to use dam water if the inlet filter is embedded in a bucket of washed sand and then submerged. Do not allow any of the pumps to freeze (as ice could damage the micropump inside the unit). The SOL-C12 & SOL-C24 models can be fitted with a moisture sensor.

The units should be hung in full sun, facing north/northwest if possible. All the models except the WaterWand original can hang up to 2 metres above the water source and can pump up a further 3 m above itself (5 m in all – high enough for hanging baskets round a second-storey roofline). The original WaterWand is intended to sit in a reservoir up to 800 mm deep but has similar power.

The Mark II WaterWand and Irrigatia SOL-C12 are large enough to water 20 x 10 l pots, 8 hanging baskets or 4 sqm of garden bed. The Irrigatia SOL-C24 will water double that number/amount. The original WaterWand pump will water 20 pots, and about 6 sqm garden bed. All pumps are in plastic cases except the WaterWand original which comes in a sturdy metal case. The drippers in the irrigation kit provided with the pump are 1 l drippers (suitable for 5l pots). At the most and strictly on the level, you can use 36 of these drippers but we do not recommend more than 24.

The units can be used with drippers or seephose. Kits are available from WaterWand.

Both WaterWands and Irrigatia C-series pumps are solar powered, weather responsive and designed to irrigate garden beds, vegetable gardens, hanging baskets, living walls, greenhouses or pot plants without using mains water or electricity. You can even use them for hydroponics.

They are programmed to switch on and run every 3 hours, at a rate of approximately 100-120mL/min. The run time may be as much as two hours or as little as a few seconds. The total volume delivered is in proportion to the amount of sunlight the unit has received in the preceding 3 hours and the pump settings. The length of time the units run for will also be affected by the orientation of the pump to the sun (north is best), the time of year, shading and even the height above sea level (well, a little).

The units have 5 settings, the higher the setting, the more solar power is collected and stored by the unit, and the longer the pump will run for when it switches on.

The units are also supplied with a filter so tank water can be used without the risk of the pumps being blocked, 15m of 4mm poly tube and a 12-dripper irrigation kit (12 x 1l drippers, 12 T-joiners, 12 stakes) and an anti-siphon device. The Irrigatia SOL-K24 has double the number of irrigation pieces.

The pumps will use any convenient clean water source – a tank, a water butt, a bin full of water, even a bucket.  The pumps are not intended to run dry but short periods will not damage them. The SOL-C12 & SOL-C24 Irrigatia pumps and the original WaterWand will warn you if the water source runs dry and switch off. They are not intended for use with dirty water but it is possible to use dam water if the inlet filter is embedded in a bucket of washed sand and then submerged. Do not allow any of the pumps to freeze (as ice could damage the micropump inside the unit).

The units should be hung in full sun, facing north/northwest if possible. All the models except the WaterWand original can hang up to 2 metres above the water source and can pump up a further 3 m (5 m in all – high enough for hanging baskets round a second-storey roofline). The original WaterWand is intended to sit in a reservoir up to 800 mm deep but has similar power.

The WaterWand II and Irrigatia models SOL-C12 are large enough to water 20 x 10 l pots, 8 hanging baskets or 4 sqm of garden bed. The Irrigatia SOL-C24 will water double that number/amount. The original WaterWand pump will water 20 pots, and about 6 sqm garden bed. All pumps are in plastic cases except the WaterWand original which comes in a sturdy metal case. The drippers in the irrigation kit provided with the pump are 1 l drippers (suitable for 5l pots). At the most and strictly on the level, you can use 36 of these drippers but we do not recommend more than 24. The system will not work with pressure compensated drippers.

The units can be used with drippers or seephose. Kits are available from WaterWand. There are also add-on moisture sensors (Irrigatia pumps only) and Intensive Care fertiliser dosing bags available.

 

Irrigatia Tank series pumps – SOL-C60, SOL-C120 and SOL-C180

  1. There are 3 kits in the SOL-C tank series. These are SOL-C60, SOL-C120 and SOL-C180. The controller is the same for all 3, they are distinguished by the size of the solar panels 5, 10 & 15w which will determine the duration of pumping.
  2. A combination of drippers and seephose can be used. This doesn’t change the total number of drippers – seephose acts merely to distribute the output.
Tank series parameters Figures given for guidance, actual performance will vary according to local situation.
C60 C120 C180
Solar panel W 5 10 15
Water pump lpm Diaphragm 1.6 1.6 1.6
Max lift m 5 5 5
Max water output lpw UK 600 1200 1800
Australia (est) 900 1800 2700
What will it water Tomato plants 60 120 180
Hanging baskets 12 24 36
Vertical gardens 12 m² 24m² 36m²
Beds 20m² 40m² 60m²
Emitter output

lpw

Drippers each 4.5 9 13.5

4. You can use any clean, still, water source of at least 1000 l. A tank is ideal. See installation instructions

5. The Irrigatia units will deliver water through drippers or seep-hose. The pump delivers water through a 13mm spine. You can attach Irrigatia dripper and seephose kits (not included) to this using the nipples or small valves provided, which are inserted directly into the 13mm tube using the punch. Seep hose can be used by connecting lengths between 0.2 and 1.2m directly to as many or few drippers outlets as you wish. Seep hose does not affect water outlet, it merely spreads the water from the dripper into a line.

6. All Irrigatia units come on every three hours from the time they are first turned on. The length of time they will run for is related to the amount of sun that has fallen on the solar panel and the switch position. The starting time can be reset by turning the pump off and on again. The unit will not charge when it is off.

7. The switch on the circuit board governs the charging of the battery which in turn influences the run-time. Charging takes place on a 5 minute cycle, on position 1 the solar panel is turned on for 1 minute, and the time increases with the switch position through to 5 minutes on position 5. The pump starts when first switched on, then every 3 hours after that. It is switched off when the battery voltage falls to a preset level. In this way you can adjust the watering for your plant size while the controller adjusts it for the weather. We recommend that you monitor the dampness of the soil during the first week and change the setting accordingly.

8. The water level sensors must be attached to the inlet strainer as shown.

9. The light (on the circuit board) will blink when the unit is charging and remain steady when the pump is running. The number of blinks between pauses indicates the knob setting. If the water source runs dry, an alarm will sound, the light will flicker and the pump will turn off. It will automatically re-start when there is sufficient water. The alarm can be silenced by unplugging the beeper from the circuit board.

10. The Irrigatia Tank Series units are solar powered. The brackets provided should be used to put the solar panel in the sunniest position possible and angled upwards. The solar panel is provided with a 5m cable which can be extended with optional extension kits.

11. Ideally the controller is situated near the water source and low enough that water gravitates to the pump. You can water plants up to 100m from the water source but take care to ensure some outlets are not too much closer to the pump than others. It is better to split the delivery line and feed in both directions than to feed from one end.

12. The Irrigatia is fitted with filters but is not recommended for use with dirty water (ie, pond water) or grey water. The filter must be used at all times and can be rinsed out or scrubbed with a mild bleach if necessary.

13. The Irrigatia will run for shorter times in the winter and on gray days. This is what it is supposed to do but if the times are becoming shorter for no reason, the battery pack may need replacing. Please order a maintenance kit (recommended every 18 months).

14. The Irrigatia is designed so that any of the parts can be easily replaced, even by the user. Spare filters, drippers etc can be supplied.

15. The Irrigatia SOL-C tank series kits include: controller with integrated pump and feed pump; solar panel with mounts; connecting harness; inlet filter, anti-siphon device; 2x 10 AA battery holder; 30 m x 13mm tube; 12 irrigation kit connectors; 4 x stoppers; 2 x 13mm tees; 12 x 4mm valves (which can also be used to connect to the 13mm spine)12 x 13mm stakes; 1 punch

16. There are extension kit and accessories available –

  • Extension dripper kits with 12 drippers, stakes, T’s and 15 m tubing
  • Seephose kits of 12 m seephose, 12 stakes, 2 connectors, 12 stoppers. 1 m lengths of seephose fit over a dripper to spread the water over a larger area.
  • Tubing extension kit – 30 m x 4mm tubing with a connector.
  • Spare parts – everything can be replaced. The smaller units can be upgraded. A quote can be provided in case of need.

17. The Irrigatias are covered by a 12-month guarantee.