Irrigation water quality
The water quality used for irrigation is essential for the yield and quantity of crops, maintenance of soil productivity, and protection of the environment. For example, the physical and mechanical properties of the soil, ex. soil structure (stability of aggregates) and permeability, are very sensitive to the type of exchangeable ions present in irrigation waters.
Irrigation water quality can best be determined by chemical laboratory analysis. The most important factors to determine the suitability of water use in agriculture are the following:
- Toxic anions
Parameters of reuse water with agronomic significance
Source of information: Valentina Lazarova Akiçca Bahri; Water Reuse for irrigation: agriculture, landscapes, and turf grass; CRC Press.
Menu of Options for Improving Irrigation Water productivity
Sources: Amy L. Vickers, Handbook of Water Use and Conservation (Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, in press); J.S. Wallace and C.H. Batchelor, "Managing Water Resources for Crop Production", "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Science, vol. 352, pp.937-47 (1997)
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