Enter the total volume of water in the soil (ft^3) and the total volume of voids in the soil (ft^3) into the Degree of Saturation Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Degree of Saturation. 

Degree of Saturation Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Degree of Saturation.

DOS = WV / VV * 100

Variables:

  • DOS is the Degree of Saturation (%)
  • WV is the total volume of water in the soil (ft^3) 
  • VV is the total volume of voids in the soil (ft^3) 

How to Calculate Degree of Saturation?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Degree of Saturation.


  1. First, determine the total volume of water in the soil (ft^3). 
  2. Next, determine the total volume of voids in the soil (ft^3). 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = DOS = WV / VV * 100.
  4. Finally, calculate the Degree of Saturation.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

total volume of water in the soil (ft^3) = 50

total volume of voids in the soil (ft^3) = 100

DOS = WV / VV * 100 = ?