Impact of Treated Wastewater from Oil Extraction Process on Soil Physical Properties

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Abstract

Large quantities of water are usually produced in conjunction with oil production in Oman. Because this water is saline and heavily contaminated with oil, it is not suitable for domestic or agricultural uses. A short-duration comparative study on the effects of using treated oily-water and fresh water on soil physical properties has been performed. It was found from this study that the use of treated oily-water caused a sodicity problem, which has adverse effects on the soil physical properties of the soil such as infiltration rate, saturated hydraulic conductivity and pore size distribution. The reduction in the saturated hydraulic conductivity reached up to 43% of the initial value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-758
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Volume35
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Keywords

  • Infiltration rate
  • Oil extraction
  • Pore size distribution
  • Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Analytical Chemistry

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