BIOECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR WASTEWATER REUSE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

Paul N. Wilson, Teddy J. Goldammer, James C. Wade

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Urban wastewater can be a valuable source of water and plant nutrients for agricultural producers, particularly in arid regions. The scientific literature reveals cautious optimism concerning the biological, institutional, and economic viability of irrigating crops with secondary‐treated effluent. A derived effluent demand function for agricultural producers near Tucson, Arizona, reveals a potential annual demand of 11,000 acre‐feet under present price and proposed delivery system conditions. In this case, wastewater could be exchanged for ground water and both the urban and rural areas would gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1988

Keywords

  • Arizona
  • crop production
  • economics
  • effluent
  • wastewater reuse
  • water markets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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