Secondary wastewater disposal for crop irrigation with minimal risks

G. Oron, R. Armon, R. Mandelbaum, Y. Manor, C. Campos, L. Gillerman, M. Salgot, C. Gerba, I. Klein, C. Enriquez

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A critical objective for any wastewater reuse program is to close the gap between supply of and demand for water and to minimize health and environmental hazards. Thus, the effects of treated effluent on crops, soils and community health must be considered carefully. When applying wastewater to soil-plant systems, it is to be noted that the passage of water through the soil reduces considerably the number of microorganisms carried out by the reclaimed wastewater. Nevertheless, there is a need to study the real rate of organism decay subject to water quality, soil and vegetable characteristics, and irrigation method. The aim of this work is to determine the fate of the fecal coliforms, coliphages F+ and CN13, and helminth eggs survival during the application of reclaimed wastewater in a vineyard orchard near the City of Arad (Israel) via onsurface and subsurface drip irrigation systems. Wastewater obtained from a stabilization pond, and soil samples were tested and an important decrease of microorganisms was reached in both cases, with the better values obtained with the sub-surface drip irrigation system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2001


  • Effluent-soil-plant system
  • Onsurface drip
  • Pathogens
  • Reuse
  • Risks
  • Subsurface drip
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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