Ms. Sapna soon showed us the plots of land. The vegetables grown supplied the Ashram Kitchen. We were to complete a half acre installation and we keenly looked for a piece of land which was yet to be planted. We decided to install the system on the land where 1/4 acre was bare and the other half had potatoes which were soon to be harvested. We noticed that the current method of irrigation was through furrows which were about a foot and a half deep. It took the caretaker 2 days to completely irrigate the entire farm of 1 acre. We then made a list of all the fittings that would be required to connect the water source to the Driptech system and went with Ms. Sapna to the local pipe store. We requested that the owner send us the pipes at the earliest possible time. He said he would deliver them to the farm at 8:30 am the next day.
With all the fittings in place, we began our performance. We laid out the submain, drilled the holes, fit the grommets and take offs, and flushed the system to remove all particles of plastic and mud from the pipes. Then the interesting part began, we closed the pipes with end-caps and connected the laterals to the take-offs. It was five in the evening and the sun had begun to set. We decided to turn on the system. Everyone stood back. Little kids soon passed the news to the neighbours who looked intently over the wall. One of them even climbed the tree to have a better view. The water came from a ¾ inch outlet and slowly began to fill the submain and shoot out of the holes from the laterals. Driptech once again had created an environment of awe. The caretaker broke the silence.“It is wonderful, “ he said, “something I never could have imagined.” Almost immediately, everyone started praising the system. They all saw the value and savings in terms of water and labour.
The Driptech team trained the caretaker on usage and maintenance of the system. The Driptech system with its water spouts looked brilliant in the setting sun. Chips and chai from the caretaker’s wife was a loud gesture of their gratefulness.