Abstract. This study investigated the effect of the same volume of leaching water applied consecutively in either equal amounts or increasing amounts or decreasing amounts on the hydraulic conductivity of a saline sodic soil in 30 cm plastic columns in the laboratory. Gypsum was mixed with the surface 2–3 cm of soil. After leaching, the hydraulic conductivity was measured in each 10 cm depth of soil. Hydraulic conductivity decreased strongly (P<0.05) with depth and the most effective method of applying the water was in gradually increasing amounts.