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We know that preparing your irrigation system for the winter is the last thing on your mind especially during harvest. Algae, biofilm, sediment and microbial growth from a year of fertigation plus stagnate water in the irrigation hose between irrigation’s can contribute to plugged emitters resulting in poor Distribution Uniformity and inefficient water usage. Depending on your water analysis, symptoms and location, Meras Water Solutions designs winter treatment programs for your unique concerns. A Winterization offers an opportunity to clean and sanitized to restore your irrigation systems efficiency, in preparation for the next growing season. Ready to start the growing season off right!  Our usual winterization process is conducted during the last irrigation’s of the season and after post-harvest fertilizers and nutrition have been applied.  Treated water flows through the irrigation system breaking down the substances that have the potential to cause plugging or fouling.  The treated water remains in the irrigation line until the first irrigation of the following season.  The contact time the treated water has in the irrigation system will ensure proper breakdown of potential foulants without causing harm to your system.   The oxidizer used in a winterization is broadly effective against microorganisms and will break down to safe and environmentally friendly residues. A proper post winterization flush prior to starting your irrigation system for the growing season will ensure that the organic, mineral or residues are evacuated leaving a clean and sanitized system ready for the new season.  Micro-irrigation plugging will be eliminated and your system will be restored. A complete flush will comprise of three areas:
  • Filter back-flush
  • Flushing main and sub-main lines
  • Flushing drip lines
Contact us for an analysis and learn more about how a Winterization can help your irrigation system improve your distribution uniformity in 2020.