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EZ-FLO Hose Bib and Drip Systems Feed through a Garden Hose, Drip System or After the Irrigation Zone Valve Everytime You Water
EZ-FLO Hose Bib and Drip Systems can be connected in a variety of ways. Most people attach the unit to a standard exterior water faucet with anti-siphon protection (hose bib) existing on most homes. In addition, it can be connected to an existing sprinkler or drip irrigation system after any valve as long as the unit is only under pressure while it is operating.
A Hose Bib unit can be used by any homeowner, nursery or grower simply by attaching it to a standard water faucet. An optional connection kit allows a unit to be attached to an irrigation system.
Gardeners have long loved this unit for its ability to feed their flowers, trees and shrubs without constantly refilling the tank. It can be moved around to feed multiple areas.
Here are two common installation options for a Hose Bib and Drip system:
EZ-FLO manufactures three sizes of Hose and Drip systems with the size of the unit being the capacity of the holding tank for the concentrated fertilizer. EZ-FLO manufactures units in the following tank sizes:
EZ-FLO Hose and Drip systems can be installed in minutes by the average homeowner and are great for use when you don't have a dedicated irrigation system or want to separately address certain types of plants that require specialty garden fertilizers and supplements.
The standard hose installation includes the hose bib adapter. If the hose bib is not separately protected from backflow then a standard anti-siphon valve will also need to be purchased (Part #3050). In order to convert a Hose and Drip feeder to single sprinkler valve connection, a separate conversion kit is available for purchase (Part #THD-CNV).
Finally heavy duty shutoff valves can be separately purchased to isolate the unit from the water stream for when you wash the car or when you need clear water from the hose end. (Part #SOV). These shut-off valves have quick connects that eliminate the need to screw the tubing onto the cap when refilling.
It is important to note that the tanks of these units are made of polyethylene plastic that is not designed to withstand constant water pressure. They need to be depressurized after each use in order to ensure a long service life. They can handle up to 80 PSI (5.5 bars) in their operating mode which is the normal maximum pressure limit for most plumbing systems. All standing water pressure should be relieved after each use.
EZ-FLO Fertigation technology has been in development
over the last ten years. As of 2007, EZ-FLO has received 9 issued US
Patents and 2 International Patents covering its unique fluid flow
technologies and has tens of thousands of units operating in actual
field use. Our patents cover the connection couplings as well as the
flow process whereby fertilizer is accurately proportioned in the tank
cap for release to the irrigation water stream.
One of the unique attributes of an EZ-FLO system is its
ability to precisely proportion fertilizer concentrate into a water
stream in an extremely accurate manner. We call this "Micro-Dosing".
Not only is the amount of fertilizer concentrate proportioned accurately
but the individual fertilizer elements of N-P-K are also in consistent
ratios when exiting the irrigation system from beginning of the fill
cycle to the end of the cycle.
Below are actual photographs of a clear tank going
through a complete "full to empty" cycle.
Many people erroneously assume that fertilizer in the
EZ-FLO tank is simply diluted as it goes through an entire cycle.
However as can be seen above, dilution does not really occur in the way
most people think. Almost all of the dilution occurs in the tank cap
where we can control it and in the irrigation line where the nutrified
water rejoins the rest of the clear water.
EZ-FLO’s patented flow technologies effectively create
an “invisible bladder” that separates the clear water entering the tank
from the fertilizer concentrate at the bottom of the tank. As clear
water is introduced into the tank, it arrives in a number of areas. Port
water inlets at the top of the tank create a clear layer of water that
separates it from the fertilizer concentrate. Additionally a micro-jet
agitation nozzle at the bottom of the tank "gently" agitates the
heavier fertilizer concentrate, keeping the resulting semi-dissolved
solution at even chemical concentration levels leaving the tank. Because
of this 'invisible bladder effect" there is no real dilution of the
suspended N-P-K in the tank through out most of the tank cycle. Only
when you get to the end of the tank contents do the NPK percentages fall
As shown in the graph under the table, EZ-FLO
technology results in a level application rate and there is no
concentration/dilution "spike" as occurs in other proportioning systems
that have direct mixing of fertilizers with water. You can prove it
yourself with an electrical conductivity meter (EC) if you want to, but
we hope you'll just take our word (and the good folks at the independent
Peters Laboratories where this test was conducted) for our claim.