Abstract— This study was conducted for irrigation water quality assessment of water resources used in irrigation of agricultural fields in Mezitli town of Mersin province. Water samples were taken from 20 sampling points of surface water resources used for irrigations in irrigated farming lands of Mezitli town in 4 sampling periods (July – October). Samples were analyzed for pH, EC, water-soluble cations (Ca, Mg, Na, K) and anions (CO3, HCO3, Cl and SO4), boron, %Na, SAR and RSC. Sample pH values varied between 7,05 – 8,26 and EC values varied between 292 – 1103 µmhos/cm. According to US Salinity Lab Classification System, irrigation waters were classified as C2S1 and C3S1 (moderately and highly saline waters). Boron concentrations of all samples were below the threshold value of 0,67 ppm. Significant differences were not observed in water quality parameters throughout the irrigation season.
Keywords— Irrigation, irrigation water quality, saline irrigation water, boron.
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