Reclaimed water for irrigation of vegetables eaten raw
Richard G. Burau, University of California
Bahman Sheikh, Engineering-Science, Inc.
Robin P. Cort, Engineering-Science
Robert C. Cooper, UC Berkeley
California Agriculture 41(7):4-7. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v041n07p4.
Richard G. Burau is Professor of Soil Science, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, and an active member of the MWRSA Task Force since 1975; Bahman Sheikh is Senior Associate at Engineering-Science, Inc., Berkeley, and has managed MWRSA; Robin Cort is an Associate at Engineering-Science, and senior scientist for the project; Robert C. Cooper is Professor, Department of Public Health, UC Berkeley, and is responsible for all virology work on MWRSA; David Ririe is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey County, and a member of the Task Force for MWRSA.
A five-year study revealed no public health risk associated with irrigation of raw-eaten vegetable crops with reclaimed domestic wastewater.
The authors acknowledge the indispensable assistance generously given by Sea Mist Farm's Silvio Bernardi and Ed Boutonnet and by Hugo Tottino of Artichoke Industries, Inc. Many others from the UC system, EngineeringScience, and state and federal agencies contributed time and talent to this project.