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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-2017-116
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Review article
06 Nov 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Solid Earth (SE).
Impacts of sewage irrigation on soil properties of farmland in China: A review
Qiangkun Li1, Jiao Tang2, Tian Wang3, Dafu Wu2, Carlos Alberto Busso4, Ruifeng Jiao2, and Xiujuan Ren2 1Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Yellow River Conservancy Commission, Zhengzhou, 450003, China
2School of Resource and Environment, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang, 453003, China
3Third Institute of Geo-exploration Institute, Henan Bureau of Geo-Exploration & Mineral Development, Zhengzhou, 451464, China
4Departamento de Agronomía – CERZOS (CONICET: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas de la República Argentina), Universidad Nacional del Sur, San Andrés 800, 8000 Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Abstract. Fresh water is a valuable nonrenewable resource and plays an important role of maintaining economic and social development. Sewage irrigation was taken a supplementary way to relieve water resource shortage in some areas (such as North China). With extensive implementation of sewage irrigation, serious pollution and destruction for farmland have gradually become a heated issue, impeding basic industries sustainable development in the near future. Here in this paper, some soil physical properties (soil bulk density, soil resistance to penetration and field capacity) and chemical properties (pH, soil organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, heavy metal and organic pollutants contents) and biological characteristics (soil microorganisms and enzyme activities) of farmland affected by sewage irrigation were systematically reviewed on the base of the current utilization status of China and some valuable suggestions were put forward to the future development prospects. This review will be beneficial for promoting healthy development of sewage irrigation and providing theoretical support for reclamation and high efficiency of effluents in China.

Citation: Li, Q., Tang, J., Wang, T., Wu, D., Busso, C. A., Jiao, R., and Ren, X.: Impacts of sewage irrigation on soil properties of farmland in China: A review, Solid Earth Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/se-2017-116, in review, 2017.
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Qiangkun Li et al.
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