Effect of using reclaimed water on soil health and crop sustainability
This project was established to investigate the use of reclaimed irrigation water for perennial and vegetable crops and the effect of soil health and crop sustainability. It was initiated in consultation with growers in the Northern Adelaide Plains, South Australia, who observed high level of salt toxicity on almond trees irrigated with reclaimed water. Soil sampling was conducted at three almond sites to compare the use of reclaimed and bore irrigation water. One vegetable site was included in the study. The study found that long-term use of poor quality reclaimed water and saline bore water is not viable for almond crop production.