Use of Reclaimed Water and Sludge in Food Crop Production

Use of Reclaimed Water and Sludge in Food Crop Production

by National Academy Press, National Research Council, Natl Research Coun
     
 

This book reviews the practice of reclaiming treated municipal wastewater for agricultural irrigation and using sewage sludge as a soil amendment and fertilizer in the United States. It describes and evaluates treatment technologies and practices; effects on soils, crop production, and ground water; public health concerns from pathogens and toxic chemicals;

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This book reviews the practice of reclaiming treated municipal wastewater for agricultural irrigation and using sewage sludge as a soil amendment and fertilizer in the United States. It describes and evaluates treatment technologies and practices; effects on soils, crop production, and ground water; public health concerns from pathogens and toxic chemicals; existing regulations and guidelines; and some of the economic, liability, and institutional issues. The recommendations and findings are aimed at authorities at the federal, state, and local levels, public utilities, and the food processing industry.

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The debate over health and aesthetic concerns about using treated waste to fertilize human food crops is well over a century old. In 1993 the US Environmental Protection Agency asked for an update of the situation, in light of the food industry's continuing hesitation a decade after the EPA deemed the practice safe. Among the topics discussed are the history and technology of wastewater treatment, effects on soils and crops, public health concerns, existing regulations, and economic and liability issues. Not addressed are the extensive efforts of chemical fertilizer producers to keep people worried. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309054799
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.02(h) x (d)

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