The Q&A Archives: Sulfate In Irrigation Water

Question: We have recently drilled a well. The water analysis came back with a warning of Sulfate concentration at 282mg/l. We wish to use this well water for irrigation for yard and garden plants. This is new landscaping. Will this sulfate concentration cause soil toxicity, if so, is there a method of treatment?

Answer: There are methods available for removing sulfate from water, however you might wish to check with your county extension (722-7211) about the effects and advisability of using the well water as is on plantings as well as their recommendations for any treatments.

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