Soil - Reclaimed Water Sites

Monitoring waste water disposal areas – annual soil testing

EPA Guidelines for Wineries and distilleries

      The requirements for monitoring soils in wastewater disposal areas are clearly set in the
      guidelines published in 2004 and available from the EPA website –

 “Wineries that irrigate with wastewater (treated or untreated) at a rate greater than 100mm (1 ML/ha) per year must include annual soil chemistry monitoring in their monitoring program to detect any changes in soil properties”


    Samples should be collected for testing annually from each of the main soil types
    at depths of 0-20cm, 20-60cm & 60cmto bottom of the rootzone

APAL soil testing service

APAL is now approved to carry out the EPA suite of tests previously offered by the State Government ACML laboratory at Loxton until its closure in 2009.  APAL purchased the laboratory equipment used by ACML and follows the same testing methodology to ensure that your results will be consistent with data from previous testing.

Parameters Analysed:  

Download waste water soil submission form

(other tests can be included on request - see custom tests)

Organic Carbon %

Total Nitrogen (Dumas)

Available Phosphorus (Colwell)

Available Potassium (Colwell)

pH (1:5 soil:water)

ECe (saturated paste extract solution)

Soluble Cations (or Exchangeable Cations on request)

·         Calcium

·         Magnesium

·         Potassium

·         Sodium

Sodicity - SAR

            Cation Exchange Capacity


The results are reported on a soil and soil solution basis and presented in a similar format to that used by ACML for easy comparison to your existing records.