Avoiding ochre deposits in soil drainage pipes

Aharon Abeliovich

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Leptothrix sp. was identified as the causative agent producing ochre problems in an intensively irrigated area near the Dead Sea. By creating anaerobic or microaerophilic conditions in experimental drainpipes in the field with siphons installed at the outlet or in intermediate manhole, ochre production was avoided. Similarly, clogged drainpipes were cleaned within weeks by raising the groundwater level around the pipe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-334
Number of pages8
JournalAgricultural Water Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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