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General Notice No.617 of 1999 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & EMPLOYMENT Department of Environment Guidelines for irrigation water quality The following guidelines refer to the quality of water used for irrigation, and are meant to help the planting community. The guidelines are general in nature, and should not be associated with any specific type of irrigation method, crop or soil. They have been based mainly on guidelines from Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

Temperature ... ... ... ... ... 0C 35 pH ... ... ... ... ... - 5.0-9.0 Colour ... ... ... ... ... Hazen 20 Odour ... ... ... ... ... - Not Objectionable Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD ) ... ... mg/l 30
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Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) ... ... mg/l 90 Suspended Solid ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 45 Chloride ... ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 250 Sulphate ... ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 500 Nitrate-Nitrogen... ... ... ... ... mg/l 15 Ammonia-N ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 5 Electrical Conductivity ... ... ... ... S/cm 2000 Sodium adsorption Ratio (SAR) ... ... - <6 Aluminium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 5.0 Arsenic ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.1 Beryllium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.1 Boron ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.75 Cadmium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.01 Chromium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.10 Cobalt ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.05 Copper ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.20 Iron ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 5.0 Lead ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 2.0 Lithium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 2.5 Manganese ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.2 Mercury ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.02 Molybdenum ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.01 Nickel ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.2 Selenium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.02 Vanadium ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 0.1 Zinc ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 2.0 Fluorine ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 1.0 Oil & Grease ... ... ... ... ... ... mg/l No visible oil Detergents ... ... ... ... ... mg/l 5 Faecal Coliforms ... ... ... ... ... ...Per 100 ml 1000 Intestinal Nematodes ... ... ... ... Arithmetic mean no. 1 of eggs per litre
*Applicable to drip irrigation ; due consideration to be given to particle size distribution.

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