Waste Water Disposal: San Joaquin Valley, California

by Elmo W. Huffman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 2, Pg. 47-60

Document Type: Journal Paper


The California Department of Water Resources has determined that the most practicable method for the disposal of agricultural waste waters from the San Joaquin Valley is by transportation by canal. Initially, the discharge point would be near the outlet of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Recreation and wildlife features will be incorporated where feasible. For the first phase of the disposal facilities, cooperative construction and use with the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation is planned. Legally, the Bureau must provide disposal for agricultural waste waters from its San Luis Unit Service Area. Quality safeguards will provide assurance that the waste waters will not degrade the receiving waters. Waste water disposal requirements will build up gradually to a peak of about one-half million acre-feet per year by 2020 and then should diminish as present salt concentrations are nearly all leached out and removed.

Subject Headings: Wastewater management | Water resources | Irrigation water | Agricultural wastes | Water quality | Salt water | Canals | Recreation | California | United States

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