Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 3&4,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Evaluation of the microbiological and physicochemical quality of artesian well water used for irrigation in ArRiyadh


Sulaiman Ali Alharbi 1*, M. E. Zayed 1, Arunachalam Chinnathambi 1, Naiyf S. Alharbi 1, Milton Wainwright 1, 2

Recieved Date: 2014-05-10, Accepted Date: 2014-09-22


The quality of water from artesian wells used for irrigation was analysed. Water samples were collected from 12 wells from different farms along a 8.5 km transect of the Hayer, which is an area located approximately 35 km south of ArRiyadh. The major parameters for assessment of the groundwater quality used here were analysis of the major cations (K+, Na+ and NH4 +) and the major anions (Cl-, SO42-, NO3- and PO43-). A total dissolved solid (TDS) is a summation of all major constituents. The pH, temperature and electrical conductivity (EC) were also measured as important indicators of groundwater quality. The samples were also tested for the presence of total and fecal coliform bacteria. All the samples were free from contamination by coliforms; the physicochemical parameters of all the samples were not, however, within the acceptable limits prescribed by WHO and FAO.


Physicochemical quality, artesian well water quality, irrigation, coliforms, cations

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 355-359

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