Irrigation Science

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 1225–1236 | Cite as

Assessing environmental impacts of reclaimed wastewater irrigation in paddy fields using bioindicator

  • Taeil Jang
  • Myungpyo JungEmail author
  • Eunjeong Lee
  • Seongwoo Park
  • Joonho Lee
  • Hanseok Jeong
Original Paper


Irrigation water quality influences many aspects of agroecosystems, but less is known about how complex microbial and biological communities respond to changing water quality due to causes such as reuse irrigation. The objectives of this study are to monitor and assess the environmental impacts of reclaimed wastewater irrigation on water quality and soil that might cause potential health hazards and to assess its agro-environmental effects. Two sites, which are irrigated by filtered wastewater after UV (Ultraviolet) treatment and from an agricultural reservoir that satisfied the agricultural water quality standards of Korea, were selected as treatment and control, respectively. The environmental impacts of irrigation water quality on paddy soil, microorganisms, and arthropods were investigated. Monitoring results for water, soil, health risks, and eco-environments of the reclaimed wastewater irrigation site demonstrated no adverse effects in the paddy field. This research showed that reclaimed wastewater irrigation did not present significant environmental risks for the rice paddy agroecosystem, although long-term monitoring is needed to fully characterize its effects.


Irrigation Water Paddy Field Rice Paddy Fecal Coliform Total Coliform 
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This project was supported by a grant (code# 4-5-3) from the Sustainable Water Resources Research Center of the twenty-first Century Frontier Research Program. The funding of this Research was also provided by the Technology Development Program for Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taeil Jang
    • 1
  • Myungpyo Jung
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eunjeong Lee
    • 4
  • Seongwoo Park
    • 5
    • 6
  • Joonho Lee
    • 3
    • 6
  • Hanseok Jeong
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Rural Construction EngineeringChonbuk National UniversityJeonbukRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Climate Change & Agroecology DivisionNational Academy of Agricultural Science, RDASuwonRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural BiotechnologySeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.National Institute of Environmental ResearchIncheonRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Rural Systems EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Research Institute for Agriculture and Life SciencesSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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