DRiWATER® is the next logical advancement to drip irrigation. Drip irrigation has increased irrigation efficiency relative to sprinklers by slowly watering on a plant-by-plant basis. This has had the effect of improving yield and survival rates while saving substantial amounts of water. DRiWATER® takes this same concept to its logical end by pre-packaging the water, transporting it to a planting site, placing it below the soil at the plant’s roots and eliminating drip lines, pipes and pumps altogether.
Industry professionals, freed from the physical limitations of pipes, water trucks, drip lines and electricity, are using DRiWATER® to replace conventional irrigation in a wide variety of applications. Homeowners, too, use DRiWATER® to save time, money and grow healthier plants in their yards and homes and while on vacation.
DriWater, Inc., a California corporation, was formed in Sonoma County, California, in 1992. During the following three years, a variety of tests were undertaken to prove the viability of the product and determine appropriate markets. Current management purchased a controlling interest in the company in 1995, at which time they took responsibility for day-to-day management of the company in addition to responsibility for driving its strategic growth, development and profitability.
About the Product
The Company’s core product, DRiWATER®, is an advanced water technology primarily used for irrigating plants. It was patented by its inventor, F. Lee Avera, in 1989 (U. S. patent number 4,865,640) and was an outgrowth of a lifetime of research in food chemistry. Harold Jensen, Chief Engineer at DriWater, took the original invention and has created the formulations that are used today. DRiWATER® consists of water bound in gel form. When placed in contact with soil, the gel is broken down by enzymes and dissolved back into liquid at a controlled rate of flow. The moisture is slowly drawn into the soil through capillary action, making it completely available to the plant. DRiWATER® will continuously irrigate a plant over a period of time, depending on the size of the package, without over watering. A single quart of DRiWATER® will adequately water a seedling for up to three months or more, without any additional water source and without regard to ambient temperature or relative humidity.
DRiWATER® is made of 98% purified water and 2% food grade ingredients. Similar to gelatin, DRiWATER® is made by adding a small amount of proprietary dry ingredients to purified water and mixing until it becomes a gel. It is then packaged in a variety of sizes and containers. DRiWATER® is safe around children and animals.
DRiWATER® pays for itself through labor savings, improved plant survival rates and quicker establishment of plantings. DRiWATER® can eliminate the necessity of installing drip irrigation systems or hauling water when water is needed only during the first year to establish the plant’s root system.
In contrast to other irrigation methods, DRiWATER® can be used to start seedlings on steep terrain, whereas other irrigation methods would cause erosion. DRiWATER® can also be used to start seedlings in sand, whereas water from other irrigation methods leach away from the plant. For many projects, conventional irrigation methods would not be feasible, but DRiWATER® can make those projects a reality. The Company has undertaken extensive product tests involving government agencies, university research programs and private-sector consumers. Successful product tests have been conducted in arid desert conditions in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, China, Mexico, Morocco, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Israel and many areas in the United States with extremely difficult soil and weather conditions. The success of these tests demonstrates DRiWATER®’s capability to irrigate vast plantings, regardless of climate and harsh environmental conditions. The results show that a wide variety of cultures can adapt to and easily use DRiWATER®. Please refer to our website, www.driwater.com for complete test documentation.