salty water - Knowledgebase Question

Safford, Ar
Question by rstoc9
January 23, 2009
we have salty well water. Where can I have it tested and is there any literature about gardening and watering with salty water.


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Answer from NGA
January 23, 2009

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Arizona State University has compiled a list of soil and water testing labs. There is not one in your immediate area, but you can contact one of the following analytical labs. They will send you a test kit and you simply mail your water sample to them for analysis:
Chandler Analytical
571 N. 54th
Chandler, AZ 85266
phone 480-963-2495

Aqua Tech Environmental Laboratories
2700 E Bilby Rd, Bldg A
Tucson, AZ 85706
520-573-6565

Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc.
1525 W. University Dr, Suite 106
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-921-8044

Columbia Analytical Services
3902 E. University Dr, Suite 4
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-437-2001

Some plants are more tolerant of salty water than others. Asparagus fern, rosemary, ice plant, natal plum, firecracker, lantana, agave, bottlebrush, yucca, oleander, purple heart, bougainvillea, pampas grass, cape honeysuckle, trumpet vine, ruellia, texas sage, indian hawthorne, bamboo, bird of paradise, palms, and fountain grass are a few known to be salt tolerant.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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