About Us

Introducing WaterUps®

The WaterUps from Down Under® water wicking cell is an Australian designed and manufactured product that can be used in a wide variety of watering situations. The wicking cells are modular in nature to allow them to be custom fitted to the shape and size of any growing environment large or small.

If need be, they can also be cut or shaped to allow them to work in all manner of growing containers, gardens or landscape designs.

What are WaterUps®?

WaterUps® are manufactured from recycled polypropylene and are comprised of a rigid deck with 4 “wicking legs” that can be interlocked to form a raised platform or cut to shape to form a space that has a water reservoir below.

Each WaterUps® cell is designed to allow the legs to be filled with potting mix and perlite to act as wicks. These wicks allow water from the reservoir to moisten the soil layer above the WaterUps® cell base. Each WaterUps® cell is 40cmx 40cm with provision for an inlet and overflow pipe. The cells can be connected with cross shaped joiners, which due to their modular nature allow cells to fit any size or shape configuration.

When constructed, the WaterUps® wicking cells can store around 120 litre’s of water below each square metre of cells. WaterUps® weigh approximately 800gms each, are stackable and come in packs of 12, which with a combined weight under 10kg, makes them easy to carry. They can also be cut to shape or size using a jigsaw or hand saw to fit into narrower or irregular shaped spaces. The system is filled directly to the reservoir below via the inlet pipe using a garden hose. In the event of heavy rain any water that passes through the soil into the reservoir will be retained with any excess flowing out via the overflow pipe, thereby resulting in excellent drainage. There is always an air space of at least 10mms between the soil above and the water below allowing the soil to breathe.

WaterUps® are very light, weighing around 5kgs per square metre compared to a scoria bed of up to 200 kgs. WaterUps® wicking beds hold around 50% more water, so you don’t have to water as frequently as other wicking systems.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission at WaterUps from DownUnder is to use our core skills and innovation to continue to provide improved green space and plant watering systems. In doing so, we hope to help reduce water waste, get best value from this valuable resource and improve the health, quality and output of plants in a range of urban and rural environments.

Our Vision is for WaterUps from DownUnder to make a sustainable and healthy lifestyle more possible, by enabling you to ‘grow your own’ food more easily, and to conserve precious water and save your valuable time in the growing of plants generally.

Our People

Ian Collins

Ian Collins

Chief Executive Officer

Ian grew up on an orchard near Orange in NSW where his father was one of the early pioneers in organic farming in the early 1970’s. He has continued his interest in agriculture and, after a long career in banking, decided to focus on urban horticulture. Ian co-founded WaterUps® with Vince Hunt in 2014.

Emmy King

Emmy King

Representative, Victoria

Emmy’s passion for food systems lies in the intersection of community, health, and environmentalism. As the market gardener at Buena Vista Farm she supplied her local community with fresh organic produce using regenerative soil first principles. She also teaches classes in food growing, which has led her on a path using horticulture and permaculture as a therapeutic practice. 

Bob Stevenson

Bob Stevenson

Director, Enterprise & Business Development

Bob plays a key role in the sales and operational management of our company and as an amateur chef and keen gardener for many years, Bob loves to grow and use his own fresh produce. He has a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental issues.

Leanne Poynter

Leanne Poynter

Office Administration Manager

Leanne worked in a nursery while at school and loved it. She is excited to be back in the industry.  Her organisational and administration skills allow us confidence that the back office and support functions are under control. Leanne also manages the order processing systems to ensure your orders arrive in a timely and accurate manner.

Carol Hughes

Carol Hughes

Representative, Central West NSW

Carol grew up on an orchard on the outskirts of Orange where the family grew apples, pears, and various stone fruits including cherries. She then spent the majority of her working life on a grazing property.  She has a love of gardening and continues to grow most of her own vegetables.

Vince Hunt

Vince Hunt

Director, Research & Design

Vince’s passion for gardening is evidenced by his background of over 40 years in urban and rural landscaping and garden design. He has also developed two boutique nurseries and is a practising Permaculture Designer. Vince’s environmental connection has seen the development of efficient water use methods as a key driver in his journey.

Angela Bricknell

Angela Bricknell

Research & Soil Science

Angela brings her skills of science and microbiology from her career as a medical scientist to the area of research and development for WaterUps®. A nutrition farming course focusing on Soil Science inspires her to grow nutrient dense organic food with her partner Vince on their farm.

Michael Hort

Michael Hort

Director, Industrial Design

Michael is a qualified mechanical engineer and industrial designer, and holds a postgraduate qualification in biomedical engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in industrial design, working with some of the leading Sydney consultancies before setting up his own practice in 2003.