TOPRAK SU DERGİSİ - SOIL WATER JOURNAL, 2015 Özel Sayı - 2015 Special Issue

The quality of water used for irrigation of agricultural soil in the basin of Kolubara river

Radmila Pivic, Zoran Dinic, Dragana Josic, Aleksandra Stanojkovic Sebic


This paper presents the results of testing the quality of water for irrigation during the growing seasons
2012/2013, in the basin of the Kolubara River, from Beloševac to Obrenovac, in three monitoring cycles
on 16 selected sites belonging to agricultural area under irrigation. The determination of quantity of
trace elements and heavy metals Cr, Ni, Pb, Cu, Zn, Cd, B, As, Fe, Hg was performed during mentioned
period. The content of trace elements and heavy metals in the samples of water is generally below the
maximum allowable concentration (MAC). In the samples No. 2, 3, 4, in the second series of sampling
was recorded higher content of As above the MAC, which can be explained by drought, low water
levels and potential anthropogenic pollution. In the other two cycles of monitoring are not registered
concentrations of tested elements above MAC. Based on the presented and analyzed results of testing
of hazardous and harmful substances in the water for irrigation of the Kolubara River, it can be concluded
that it can be used for irrigation of crops and soil with restrictions and frequent quality checks during the
summer months and control potential sources of pollution from industry.

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