Urban salinity – causes and impacts


Salinity is the accumulation of salts in soil and water to levels that impact on human and natural assets (e.g. plants, animals, aquatic ecosystems, water supplies, agriculture and infrastructure).

Urban salinity occurs in cities and towns as a result of urban development.

This primefact covers:

  • where salt comes from
  • the hydrological cycle and the part it plays in urban salinity
  • the groundwater system
  • the causes and impacts of urban salinity


Primefact 938 First Edition

Published: Oct 2009