Title: The potential for reusing treated municipal wastewater for irrigation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Authors: Mohammed Matouq

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering Technology, Chemical Engineering Department, Al-Balqa Applied University, Royal Jordanian Geography Center College, P.O. Box 4486, 11131, Amman, Jordan

Abstract: This paper elaborates on the chemical composition of wastewater at selected Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) in Jordan. These plants have immense potential of providing reused treated water for irrigation. Samples from treated effluents analysed to study the efficiency of the impact of treated water on irrigation. The results revealed the effluents from WWTPs could be used for irrigation with special consideration of the possible acceleration of soil deterioration, while those of other WWTPs could be used with less concern for selected crops. The study also shows that no other toxic ions, such as lead, nickel, chromium and boron, were detected.

Keywords: wastewater management; water resources management; water reuse; environmental management resources; irrigation; wastewater treatment plants; agriculture; arid regions; semiarid regions; municipal wastewater; treated wastewater; Jordan; soil deterioration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2008.018150

International Journal of Water, 2008 Vol.4 No.1/2, pp.105 - 120

Published online: 04 May 2008 *

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