Drought Diet Products is the holding company to develop niches for the Aquifer Pipe patent. This is the next evolution in irrigation, just as sprinklers innovated in the 1930’s, and drip in the 1960’s. The Aquifer Pipe is a subsurface wicking system creating a virtual water table below the buried depth of the where it is placed; One (1′) foot for landscaping and five (5’) feet for orchards.
By applying water at the roots of the plant we avoid water loss to evaporation, and over spray. By applying this process of water loss to evaporation, we have already seen water reduction by 50%.
Founded in 2016 – the Greywater Years.
First invented to irrigate lawns with greywater. Greywater is the reuse of laundry and shower water to irrigate landscapes. The opposition said “it won’t work”, but now we have beautiful lawns irrigated from using recycled grey water from below that once was just flush down the drain.
You can find our ‘Do It Yourself (DIY)’ greywater irrigation equipment under the brand name Grey4Green.com. This group is now moving into the commercial property market collecting condensation from air conditioners and bathroom sinks and reusing for landscape irrigation.
In both the residential and commercial market we encourage growing lush landscapes to keep the urban environment cool, and to plant trees and/or vines close to buildings to cut heat absorption. Through research we’ve noted economic energy savings from cooling a house or a building is greater than the economic savings of the water.
Early in the development of the Aquifer Pipe with encouragement from multiple University Professors was to further our development of the Aquifer Pipe for agriculture. The scientific logic pointed to Net Zero Water farming as one of the greatest challenges for farmers worldwide.
In 2019 we began to further our development of a sustainable product that could offer a solution to the water crisis. We started to see more groundwater stress in our home state of California, and the world around us was dealing with the same conflict. Viewing social documentaries of multigenerational farms going dry and out of business is saddening. Many of these farmers were having to sacrifice growing traditional orchards passed down from generation to generation in order to farm other areas of agriculture to survive. The problem; groundwater wells that pump 300 gallons a minute when drilled, dropping to 30 gallons or worst drying up.
The solution; we could not wait for research grants to pay for the studies with the early product production of the Aquifer Pipe. The first sustainable-recycled pipe is large 6 inch diameter for early adopter orchard farmers. The goal is to provide forty foot sections of the Aquifer Pipe to these innovative farmers allowing them, and their teams to work out the best practices before moving into larger tracks of orchards.
Net Zero Water Farming
The concept of reducing irrigation use by 50% over drip by eliminating water lost to evaporation and deep speculation during the summer growing months. We call this natural leakage. During the winter and spring runoff months, the Aquifer Pipe will recharge the groundwater to an equate to the amount of water to be used in the summer. Creating a zero balance on the groundwater table. Of course what we need to get to is a net positive groundwater – that is the next challenge.
We are a creative group with an environmental mission. We share a passion about efficient water utilization. That word ‘utilization’ is important to our core tenant. It means we think how best to utilize the water resource. That could mean reusing water twice as in greywater, then using greywater to grow trees to shade buildings for reduced energy, and using the trees to clean the greywater naturally for transpiration. In that case water was utilized three times and carbon reduction was quantifiable.
The team at Drought Diet Products believes water utilization has the ability to empower much more; We also have special projects; growing more native plants for biodiversity, carbon reduction models, and renewable energy curtailment solutions.
Solutions for specialize niches:
Energy: Overcapacity Curtailment Prevention: The ability to off-take energy when renewable energy is over produce
Energy: Passive Neighborhood Design
Energy: Carbon Reduction Modeling
Food: Food Energy Water nexus ( FEW)
Greywater Energy Nexus
Ground Water Recharge – Urban Waste Water Subsurface Infiltration Fields.