Consistently irrigated riding surfaces
How does HIT Active-Aqua work?
The HIT Active-Aqua arena irrigation system uses dripline technology with an integrated diaphragm valve system which opens and closes based on water pressure. The valves are also self-cleaning which prevents any sand particles from blocking the drip system.
The water reaches the surface by the capillary motion through the sand.
The driplines are protected by a specifically designed plastic grid which also adds a slight "springiness" to the arena surface.
The entire system is controlled by a single computer and can be scheduled to irrigate according to your requirements.
Benefits of HIT Active-Aqua
With consistent surface footing
Moisture control throughout the entire surface
Up to 40% compared to overland systems such as sprinklers
For indoor and outdoor arenas
Any shape and size arena new or retrospect
The surface is fully useable all the time even when irrigating
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HIT Active-Aqua FAQ
The dripline technology is patented and unlike traditional dripline systems. Active-Aqua driplines have an integrated diaphragm valve system which opens and closes depending on water pressure. The valves are also self-cleaning which prevents any sand particles blocking the drip system.
Approximately 13-15 per square metre.
This depends on the following:
- indoor or outdoor arena
- direct sunlight exposure
- current weather conditions
- desired moisture level of the footing
Approximatly the system runs between 10 to 30 minutes per day in short cycles.
This depends on your situation and needs. There is no scientific moisture value the arena footing must be however the benefit of HIT Active-Aqua is that whatever moisture you require the system will maintain this throughout the entire arena.
Yes, we always design the arena to run on several different circuits. This greatly reduces the amount of water pressure required.
The control computer allows up to four start times per day, each timed per station. This gives excellent flexibility for the irrigation schedule allowing all-day moisture control.
Yes if the water quality is good you will only need to flush the system once a year. This is done by opening the ball valves at the end of the collector lines and flushing with water. If your water contains high amounts of minerals you will need to flush the system annually with a low concentrate acid - we can advise on this.
Prior to installation we will always make an assessment of your water to check it is below the thresholds otherwise an alternative method is installation will be advised.
For optimum operation of the system a minimum water pressure of 3 bar (44psi) is required. Max pressure of 8 bar (116psi).
Capillary action is the transportation of water from beneath the ground to the surface. Selecting the right sand to enable fast moisture transportation is important. As the HIT Active-Aqua can be fitted to new and existing arenas we can recommend the appropriate footing to be used.
No, the Active-Aqua system only works with the patented floor grid system. This is because the dedicated grid design ensures effective water distribution and total protection of the driplines against the weight of horses on the surface.
Yes you can drive on the grids provided they are completely filled with the first layer of sand.
- Consistent, efficient, even moisture distribution throughout the entire system.
- No irrigation overlaps.
- No down time - always useable even during watering cycles.
- No water loss to evaporation.
- Walls, fences and side boards remain dry and therefore less susceptible to rot over time.
Yes, should any dripline be defective the grid can be removed without tools to give access to the driplines to be replaced.
Yes the Active-Aqua driplines have a 10 year warranty provided water properties are below the relevant thresholds. All other hardware has a 2 year warranty. Jelka will install and commission the system and offer technical assistance, service and maintenance on the Active-Aqua system.