Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Rechargeable Solid Water!!!

The latest water saving strategy I'm trialling this year is a product
called Rechargeable Solid Water.

They are small bags of a non-toxic, biodegradable polymer substance that weigh 6 grammes when dry which after 5 to 10 minutes of "charging" in water hold 300mls of water.
These are buried (must be or they will breakdown if left in the sun) near plants in the garden or in pots.

Put them on a 45 degree angle and cover them with soil and mulch.
They will water the plants for 20 to 30 days!

The bag is then re-charged with water, I'm using cut down soft drink bottles to get the water to the bag, but even rain will do the trick and they will last another 30 days. They are said to remain intact 2 years.

The testing has been carried out by the CSIRO (Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).

I shall keep you posted on how they perform!

Update Mar 2009:
I found the efficiency of this product quite disappointing overall. Since moving to the Wicking Worm Bed system, I no longer have a use for products like this!


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