Halophyte irrigation: An overlooked strategy for management of membrane filtration concentrate

James J. Riley, Kevin M. Fitzsimmons, Edward P. Glenn

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Abstract

It is argued that the preferred paradigm for utilizing membrane filtration concentrate conceptually, and legally in Arizona, is to view it as an agricultural water management opportunity rather than a wastewater disposal problem. Halophyte farms irrigated with concentrate at a 5% leaching rate are projected to be productive for over 100 y in southern Arizona without affecting the quality of the underlying groundwater any more than conventional agriculture. The authors recommend that halophyte irrigation be included in the management options for membrane filtration concentrate at current and future sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-211
Number of pages15
JournalDesalination
Volume110
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997

Keywords

  • Halophyte farms
  • Membrane filtration
  • Water management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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