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Water Glossary: A B C D E F G H IL M N O PQ R S T UV WZ


Pertaining to material such as sand, salt, iron, calcium salts, and other mineral materials. Inorganic substances are of mineral origin, whereas organic substances are usually of animal or plant origin and contain carbon.*



Supplying water to agriculture by artificial means, such as pumping water onto crops in an area where rainfall is insufficient.



To remove components from the soil by the action of water trickling through.



A genus of bacteria of the family Legionellaceae. It currently consists of at least 51 serogroups comprising 34 species.1 It has the ability to colonize water in distribution systems (heating tanks, cooling towers, air conditioning lines, etc). It can cause disease in humans (e.g., Legionnaires' disease or Legionellosis) that is progressive and sometimes fatal, or a milder form of pneumonic illness (Pontiac fever) that is self-limited (i.e., heals on its own) with respiratory symptoms similar to influenza.


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