Leaching of salts through irrigation

Other Names:
Salt accession by freshwaters
Saline pollution of inland waters from irrigation schemes

Leaching is the loss of soluble salts from the soil by the action of percolating water. When irrigation water is applied to soil and the leaching rate enhanced, excessive quantities of salt may be transported into other parts of the soil, the groundwater or as saline runoff into streams.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST