Irrigation: Sewage Effluent Use

Authored by: B.A. Stewart

Managing Water Resources and Hydrological Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342668
eBook ISBN: 9781003045045
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Soils store, decompose, or immobilize nitrates, phosphorus, pesticides, and other substances that can become pollutants in air or water. Consequently, soil has, for centuries, been used for the application of sewage effluents. It should not, however, be assumed that irrigation is always the best solution for wastewater disposal. While disposal is the primary objective in many cases, the need of water for irrigation is becoming more often the driver for using sewage effluent on land. In general, however, sustainable and environmentally sound systems can be developed in most situations provided proper management practices are followed.

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