Saline water irrigation is practiced in arid regions with access to brackish
groundwater resources, such as the Arava Valley in Israel (from 30°57'N-35°23'E to 29°33'N34°58'E). Local farmers have relied on it for decades, but the sustainability of this practice is questionable due to limitations on yields, choice of crops, and leaching requirements . Desalination may be a resource-efficient alternative, but implementation has thus far been limited.
High costs, lack of essential ions for crop growth, and brine disposal are often cited as limiting factors, but the farmers’ perspective regarding their relative importance and how to overcome such limitations is largely absent from the scientific literature. This study uses survey-based techniques to analyze irrigation practices in the Arava Valley, farmers’ attitude and concerns
toward desalinated water, and their willingness to pay for desalination.
|Title of host publication
|3rd International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management
|Number of pages
|Published - 2016
- Arid agriculture
- Brackish water
- Nanofiltration membranes
- Renewable energy
- Solar desalination
- Water Science and Technology
- Ocean Engineering