Recycled water use for irrigation in arid region

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Recycled water use for irrigation in arid region

Recycled water use for irrigation in arid region

Muhammad Muhitur Rahman

Wealthy nations in arid regions thrive to make their cities green. One of the main constraints of such initiative is sufficient supply of water due to limited reserve of groundwater. The scarcity of water in these countries is tackled by using costly desalinated water. One such nation is Saudi Arabia, where a large portion of water is supplied by costly desalinated water for drinking as well as other purposes. For irrigation purpose, sometimes desalinated water is used after shandying with ground water in urban areas; in rural areas, groundwater is used. Recycled water is used only in some big cities for urban open space irrigation and in some oasis cities (e.g. Al-Ahsa Oasis, Eastern Province) for irrigating date palm trees, to some extent. Since 1980, Al-Ahsa Irrigation and Drainage Authority, now under Saudi Irrigation Organization, supplying irrigation water to farmers as mix of groundwater, agricultural drainage water and recycled water to irrigate date palm trees. It is noticed that although other part of the world and even some of the Gulf countries have made significant progress in using the recycled water in urban irrigation and agriculture, in Saudi Arabia such initiatives are not widely visible. This hampers the Kingdom’s quest for sustainable solutions to meeting water demands while preserving environmental sustainability...

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To cite this article: Rahman MM. Recycled water use for irrigation in arid region. Journal of Desalination and Water Purification 2019;14:1-2.

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