Secondary salinisation is the most harmful and extended phenomenon of the unfavourable effects of irrigation on the soil and environment. An attempt was made to study the impact of poor quality ground water on soils in terms of secondary salinisation and availability of soil nutrients in Faridkot district of Punjab of northern India.

The quality of water is of immense importance because poor quality ground water is not only a limiting factor in crop production but also its constant and indiscriminate use causes secondary salinization. Therefore, a qualitative water quality survey was carried out to diagnose the salinity for sodicity hazards in ground waters in relation to their suitability for irrigation in Faridkot district (Punjab) having two blocks namely Faridkot and Kotkapura.