Driven by the worldwide shortage of water resources available for human consumption, an urgent need exists to look at ways of using water more effectively and efficiently in the landscape industry. South Africa is no exception and it is widely accepted that water availability will continue to decrease and the cost of the water will continue to increase.

In the past the norm has been to use overhead wetting sprinklers for irrigation in landscape gardens. To conserve water much emphasis has been placed on drought resistant plants, irrigation during the night, mulches and other methods of saving water. However, in more recent years in countries around the world, people have started using Netafim Drip Irrigation to great effect in minimizing water loses through overspray, evaporation and wind.