Steps To Install Drip Irrigation


Grekkon Limited’s steps to install drip irrigation systems are a drip installation guide to farmers. Knowing how to install a drip irrigation system helps in system management. Our steps to install drip irrigation systems answers these often posed questions.

  1. How do you install drip irrigation kits?
  2. What is the process of drip irrigation?
  3. What is the average cost for installing a drip irrigation system?
  4. How much does it cost to install drip irrigation on 1 acre?
  5. What are the pros and cons of drip irrigation?
  6. What are the two main types of drip irrigation?

Steps To Install Drip Irrigation Systems

I. Site survey

It identifies the layout of the drip irrigation system. The size of the land, the direction of the slope, and the height of the gradient are key considerations here. Land size advises on the main pipe and sub-main pipe sizes

II. Water source identification

Is this drip irrigation by gravity flow or water pump powered? The amount of water will determine the size of the blocks and the number of hydrants put up. Also, water cleanliness and pressure type will guide the filter type

III. Pipe laying

Trenching is for PVC main and sub-main lines which are subsurface. HDPE pipes are surface pipes unless the farmer opts to bury them


Steps to install drip irrigation

HDPE pipes laid on the surface with drip pipes connected

IV. How to install drip lines

i. Vegetables. Your drip lines will connect to the sub-surface PVC sub-main pipes by a 30cm long 16mm HDPE pipe. The 16mm HDPE connection to the PVC pipe is by a starter connector. An offtake connector joins the 16mm HDPE pipe to the drip tape. The end cap is at the end of the drip line. A drip to drip connector is used on damaged drip tape or when 2 drip tapes connect

ii. Fruit tree irrigation. Your 16mm HDPE pipe will connect to the sub-surface PVC or HDPE sub-main pipes by a starter connector. The end line is at the end of the 16mm HDPE line. A PE to PE connector is used on damaged HDPE pipe or when 2 HDPE pipes connect. Online button drippers are inserted on the 16mm HDPE for each tree. This is how to connect button drip emitters for fruit trees in orchards

Pre-perforated drip line emitters are also installed for fruit tree irrigtaion. The difference however is that the pipe is 0.8mm to 1mm in thickness. This is different from the one installed on vegetables which is 0.3mm to 0.4mm


A button dripper irrigation system

V. How to install drip irrigation to an existing sprinkler system

The 2 systems will share the mainline. A new sub-main line will be laid for the drip irrigation system

Steps To Install Drip Irrigation Systems; pros & cons

  • they conserve water
  • there is uniform crop maturity because each plant receives the same amount of water
  • it saves on labor cost
  • it is expensive to install
  • drip lines will be changed every 5 -6 years


Half-acre drip irrigation kits by Grekkon Limited

3 row onion drip tapes laid on planting beds


A single row drip line in water melon

2 row drip lines on a cabbage crop

Steps To Install Drip Irrigation Kit; cost

Our drip installation cost by land size is

Size in Meters Square
Price in KES
Kadogo drip kit 50 to 200 KES 3,500
1/8th acre 506 KES 17,500
1/4 acre 1,024 KES 33,000
1/2 acre 2,025 KES 65,000
3/4 acre 3,036 KES 80,000
          1 acre       
  KES 125,000

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Established in 2017, Grekkon Limited is a Kenyan agribusiness company. It specialises in the provision of; - Irrigation systems - Greenhouse construction - Dam liners installation - Water pumps - Solar dryers construction - Agriculture nets - Borehole drilling The company has operations offices in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru, and Nyahururu

Comments (13)

  • Hi. I need to install one asap in one acre Elementaita Nakuru. How do you know the size for different crops? eg. This time i want to put for onions. what if next time i need for cabbages? do u use the same pipes or you install new ones for every crop? I am an amateur in this area. Thank you

    Simon Mwangi
    • Good evening Simon,

      When we undertake to install your 1 acre drip irrigation system, we’ll advice you on how it is done, based on how we’ll set up your system

      Please share your contact number on

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

  • What does the installation cost cover. Interested in 1/2 acre system on a dam water fed irrigation

    Erastus Maina Mwangi
    • Good morning Erastus,

      Our drip irrigation kit installation cost in Kenya covers;

      1. Casual wages
      2. Technician’s remuneration
      3. Technician’s facilitation to, from and while on site

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

    • Good morning Erastus,

      Our drip irrigation kit installation cost covers all labour; wages & logistics

      When and where do you intend to have your 1/2 acre drip kit installation done?

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

  • How many sukuma wiki plants can kadongo irrigate.
    I’m interested in kadongo

    chris lesooni
    • Good evening Chris,

      The number of sukuma wiki plants irrigated by the kadogo drip irrigation kit depnds on your crop spacing

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

  • I am interested in drip irrigation. I would like to meet your field officers to assess my 5 acre farm

    Clement Gachanja Muchemi
  • I would like 3inch 100-130m hdpe pipe, what’s the price? Please share your Kenya contact (telephone ) details for further details. Thank you.

  • Do you drill shallow wells around 80 to 100fts. If yes, how much will it cost in Loitoktok area? Thanks for good work you’re doing

    Joram Kairu Njuguna
    • Dear Joram,

      Thank you for the compliment. No, we do not drill boreholes below 80M.

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

  • Enquiring cost solar pump rated 5m^3\h to a depth of 150m with its accessories?

    • Dear John,

      Good afternoon and thank you for your inquiry. This submersible solar water pump price is Kes 620,000, which includes solar panels and installation cost but not labour.

      Where is your borehole located?

      Best regards,

      Customer Service


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