Today the new AlphaDisc filter is launched by Netafim. "The filter will protect irrigation systems against clogging caused by organic contaminants and enable growers to more uniformly irrigate crops, leading to better productivity, cost savings and peace of mind," the Netafim team shares. "Researched and developed in partnership over the last five years with Amiad, producer of water treatment and filtration solutions, AlphaDisc™ provides the ultimate in irrigation system protection with its combination of precise depth filtration, substantial capacity to contain dirt and a easy-to-scale modular design that helps manage changing flow rates and water quality needs. All this is monitored by a first of its kind remote sensing system and algorithms that provide farmers with online data and insights."
Up to seventy percent of water used for agriculture is surface water from reservoirs, lakes, canals, and ponds, containing considerable amounts of algae and other organic contaminants that significantly increase the risk of clogging. With water quality constantly deteriorating due to climate change, pollution, and the growing usage of reclaimed water, growers have an increasing need for effective filtration to prevent full and partial clogging and to protect their irrigation systems for sustainable long-term performance. "An effective filtration system gives growers an added edge to help them improve growing conditions, reduce the risk of clogging and increase crop yield with full piece of mind in the water supply", the team explains.
“At Netafim we are committed to working with cutting-edge partners to develop solutions to combat the far reaching effects of global water scarcity and improve water quality for growers.” said Netafim CEO Gabriel (Gaby) Miodownik. “AlphaDisc helps growers adapt to changing conditions and stay productive through the efficient use of available surface water. AlphaDisc ensures a sustainable and reliable clean water supply, protecting the future of agriculture.”
“AlphaDisc represents a new generation of high-tech filtration systems that protect irrigation systems while offering performance data measurement so growers can precisely monitor and control their valuable resources.” said Dror Negbi, Global Filtration Product Manager, Netafim. “Through our partnership with Amiad, we have developed an innovative product that delivers high-quality water and enables growers to maximize an increasingly limited resource.”
High filtration volume
According to the Netafim team, the high filtration volume and area, coupled with lowest rates of head loss in the industry, ensure higher particle capture, fewer backflush cycles, and less downstream disruption. The system is hyper modular. "That way it offers easy scalability as needs evolve."
They add how the low backflush flow rate and low head loss results in a significantly more cost-effective irrigation system.
In addition a AlphaDisc™ smart controller is launched. "This innovative controller provides “always on” access to filtration data; IP65 rating. It will help growers towards a smaller environmental footprint. The vertical installation results in a better designed, more cost-effective irrigation room."