Waterforce Products

Dripline Irrigation

Drippers will deliver a precise application of water or nutrients right to the active root zone. These systems can either be installed above or below ground.

Drip irrigation is ideal for vineyards, olive groves, pip and stone fruit orchards, vegetables, landscapes and effluent water dispersal.

These systems are usually fully automated, requiring very little labour or power to operate. You can design your drip irrigation system to match your soil type – but it’s important to enlist the help of a specialist company like WaterForce because poor design can lead to serious crop losses.

We supply a full range of drippers and integral drip-line products including pressure compensating pipes, non-pressure compensating pipes, non-drain, anti-siphon and Rootguard® technology.

Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Subsurface dripline irrigation is increasing in usage throughout the world.  The benefits of subsurface irrigation being:

  • Optimisation of water resource, due to eliminating surface evaporation and allowing precise application of water and nutrients to the root zone.

  • Eliminating mechanical damage that can occur with above ground dripline irrgiation.

  • Allows easy mechanical weed control in organic environments.

  • Eliminates rodent damage.

  • Subsurface drip irrigation is used extensively overseas for distribution of grey water into parks and recreation.

Subsurface drip irrigation requires a high degree of monitoring, management and maintenance.  This would include appropriate filtration, monitoring of flow rates per zone, flushing and regular checking of performance to reduce potential dripper blockages due to particles and/or bacterial build-up.  Consequently the system needs to be designed by a reputable company like WaterForce who are design accredited by Irrigation New Zealand.

Key Features

  • Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of managing our water resource.
  • Apply moisture right to the active root zone to conserve water and deliver the most precise application possible.
  • Systems are usually fully automated so very little labour is required.
  • Uses very low energy so you will save on power consumption.
  • System application can be matched to soil type and/or automated with soil moisture tools for maximum precision.
  • Allows nutrients to be easily introduced to the root zone to promote ideal growth.
  • Drip systems in a commercial landscape can reduce vandalism risk.
  • Reduces weed competition, thus reducing labour and chemical herbicides.


  • Small dripper pathways require fine filtration to prevent particle blockages and sometimes chemical treatment is required to reduce scaling in drippers or pipelines.
  • Soil moisture monitoring is important due to the nature of precision application and potential risk of under or over watering.
  • System flow rates need to be regularly checked to detect any dripper blockages.
  • Regular system flushing and maintenance is required.
  • Drip systems should be designed by a specialist company like WaterForce as poor design can lead to serious crop losses.