Paddy and Water Environment

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Safe application of reclaimed water reuse for agriculture in Korea

  • Taeil Jang
  • Sae-Bom LeeEmail author
  • Choung-Hyun Sung
  • Han-Phil Lee
  • Seung-Woo Park


This article describes the pilot study on the water reuse for agricultural irrigation in Korea. The project is a part of the application of wastewater reuse system for Agriculture project, a 21st Century Frontier R&D Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology and associated with the Sustainable Water Resources Research Program. The goal of the project was to develop infra-technologies necessary to reclaim wastewater for irrigation in agriculture. The project involved two phases: laboratory and field research. Reclamation techniques for irrigation and feasible reuse were developed as a first step in proposing appropriate water quality standards. Reclaimed wastewater of various qualities was used to irrigate cereal crops and vegetables, and possible adverse effects on crops, humans, and the environment were investigated. The optimal reclamation methods required to satisfy water quality standards were explored and the operational characteristics investigated. Moreover, an inventory of farmlands that could reuse reclaimed wastewater was established. Feasible delivery systems for irrigation were developed, and pilot project sites were identified. Finally, operational field data from pilot units were collected and analyzed. This research and development may help solve water shortage problems in Korea, which left unaddressed will have an adverse effect on future generations.


Water reuse project Wastewater Paddy field Water shortage Risk assessment 



This research was supported by a grant (code# 4-5-3) from Sustainable Water Resources Research Center of the 21st Century Frontier Research Program in Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taeil Jang
    • 1
    • 4
  • Sae-Bom Lee
    • 2
    Email author
  • Choung-Hyun Sung
    • 3
  • Han-Phil Lee
    • 2
  • Seung-Woo Park
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biological & Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of GeorgiaTiftonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceKonkuk UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Rural Systems EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Research Institute for Agriculture & Life SciencesSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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