Environmental Best Practice Manual: Effluent Irrigration

Environmental Objectives

  • Protection of surface waters
  • Protection of groundwater
  • Protection of soil integrity / structure

 

Possible Environmental Impacts

  • Nutrient accumulation in soils
  • Odour from wet weather storage or excessive applications of inadequately treated effluent
  • Surface runoff resulting from over-application, irrigation during rain or poor site
  • Impacts on groundwater underlying the irrigation site
  • Salinity issues in vulnerable soils with inadequate leaching
  • Soil structural damage