Active-Aqua

A efficient, safe and unique underground irrigation system for horse arenas.  

Introduction to Active-Aqua underground irrigation 

The Active-Aqua arena irrigation system is based on comparable systems used in horticulture, landscaping/gardens and fruit/veg production.  These industries rely on a dripline component to deliver liquids to the soil. 

In the Active-Aqua a similar dripline technology is used to irrigate the arena surface.  Alongside the driplines, Active-Aqua includes a patented grid to protect the vital driplines from damage whilst underneath the surface. 

Moisture is transported from the ground to surface with the capillary action in the sand.

How does Active Aqua work?

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.

The entire system is controlled by a single computer and can be scheduled to irrigate according to your requirements.

Features and Benefits of Active-Aqua

Improved Anti-Slip

With consistent surface footing

Consistent Moisture

Throughout the entire surface

Water-Saving

Up to 40% compared to sprinkler systems

Suitable for

Indoor and outdoor horse arenas

Flexible

Suitable indoor, outdoor and any shape arena

Time Saving

Fully usable at any time

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FAQ
How does the dripline system work?

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.

How many drippers are needed per square metre?

Approximately 15 per square metre.

When does the system need to run?

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.

How moist does the sand need to be?

This depends on your situation and needs.  There is no scientific moisture value the arena footing must be however the benefit of Active-Aqua is that whatever moisture you require the system will maintain this throughout the entire arena. 

Does the system run on circuits?

Yes, we always design the arena to run on several different circuits.  Each station can individually control a specific area in the arena and this is particularly useful for sunny/shady areas of the arena.

How many times a day can the system be used?

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.

Do I need to clean the system?

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.

How do I know if my water quality is good enough for the system?

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.

What water pressure does the Active-Aqua need to operate?

For optimum operation of the system a minimum water pressure of 3 bar (44psi) is required.  Max pressure of 8 bar (116psi).

What is sand capillary and how is it measured?

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 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.

Is it possible to drive on the grid?

Yes you can drive on the grids provided they are completely filled with the first layer of sand.

What are the main advantages of Active-Aqua?
  • 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.

Can driplines be repaired?

Yes, should any dripline be defective the grid can be removed without tools to give access to the driplines to be replaced.

Is there a warranty?

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.

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