Quality of Water for Irrigation

by Robert S. Ayers, Extension Soil and Water Specialist; Water Sci. and Engrg. Dept., Univ. of California, Davis, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 2, Pg. 135-154

Document Type: Journal Paper


A set of guidelines for evaluating suitability of a water for irrigation as developed by the University of California Committee of Consultants is considered. Guidelines evaluate suitability on the basis of water analysis and water quality as related to four general problem areas affecting soils and crops. These four problem areas are: (1)Salinity; (2)permeability (soil); (3)toxicity; and (4)miscellaneous. Management alternatives to help solve these problems and three analyses of waters with interpretations for quality are given.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Irrigation water | Soil analysis | Colleges and universities | Consulting services | Soil water | Crops | Quality control

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