Field capacity


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

The quantity of water which a soil is capable of retaining after saturation and against gravity, for a period of time, is called the field capacity (WHO 1992).  See also FK.

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Percolation occurs if the water content of the soil exceeds the field capacity (WHO 1992).


WHO (1992)  A guide to the development of on-site sanitation

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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