The Importance of Water Quality for Irrigation

Selvi K., Özdikmenli S., Yalman M., Yıldız R.

2nd International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (ICSAE), Konya, Turkey, 30 September - 03 October 2015, pp.124

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Konya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.124
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Increased demand for water, quantitative and qualitative deterioration of water, environmental pollution and possible climate changes cause negative impacts in aquatic ecosystems, due to population growth and rapid industrial development. On the other hand; pollution and degradation of these ecosystems create many problems in irrigated agriculture. As a result of anthropogenic activities (mining, industrial, agricultural, etc.) the pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls threaten the ecosystems, mingling with the water sources. The water, contaminated by these pollutants and also used in agricultural activities is taken by plants and animals to be used in their vital activities. Thus, the plant and animal foods contaminated with organic and inorganic pollutants constitute a significant risk to human health upon the consumption of these foods. Therefore; maintaining the acceptable values of water resources used in agricultural activities for the safety of sustainable food is great importance in terms of environmental and human health. The studies evaluating the effect of pollutants in the water to physico-chemical, microbiological parameters as well as on organisms in aquatic ecosystems have been previously conducted. In this study; pollution studies of some water sources used for irrigation in Turkey were compiled.