ERT monitoring the effects of irrigation with a blend of desalinated/brackish groundwater on an instrumental plot
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE)
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Desalinated brackish groundwater is becoming a new source of water supply to comply with growing water demands, especially in (semi) arid countries. Irrigation with desalinated or a blend of desalinated and ground/surface water, presents associated impacts on plants, soil and aquifer media. Mixed waters with different salinities can lead to the formation of unexpected chemical precipitates. The use of desalted groundwater for irrigation counts with potential drawbacks, among them: changes of hydraulic properties of soil-aquifer systems (e.g. hydraulic conductivity, porosity) as a consequence of mineral precipitation; root growth blockage and plant uptake of pollutants; as well as leaching of contaminants to groundwater. An experimental plot located at SE Spain, covered by grass and irrigated by sprinklers with a blend of desalted and groundwater from a brackish aquifer has been monitored in order to characterize at field scale the possible impacts on soil hydraulic properties.
CitationHimi, M., Valdés-Abellán, J., Lovera, R., Queralt, I., Tapias, J., Candela, L., Casas, A. ERT monitoring the effects of irrigation with a blend of desalinated/brackish groundwater on an instrumental plot. A: European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. "22nd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics: Near Surface Geoscience 2016". Barcelona: European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), 2016, p. 1-5.