What to Know About Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment is the process by which water that is no longer fit for drinking due to previous usage is filtered, purified and recycled back into the environment again.

Wastewater is usually formed through our daily activities such as showering, washing laundry, dishes, using the toilet, and rainwater runoff. As a result, this water is contaminated with all forms of bacterial microbes, harsh chemicals and toxins. The goal of treatment is make the water usable again. Before wastewater is reintegrated into the environment, it goes through a series of treatments for purification.

Collection

Many wastewater systems depend on the force of gravity to move your sewage. It is then collected and directed to an underground drainage system of pipes which lead the water to the treatment plant. Treatment plants are often located underground or in some cases, above ground depending on its design and proximity to local rivers.

Screening

Unwanted variables like rocks, plants, plastic or even animal remains are among the first things to be removed during the screening process. These materials are then disposed into a landfill.

Air Exposure

As part of the treatment process, the sewage water is shaken up and exposed to air. This is in addition to pumping the air through the water. This process helps to dissolve gases such as hydrogen sulfide, which carries a smell similar to that of rotten eggs. Pumping air into the water also replenishes the oxygen that was used up by the organic matter.

Removing Organic Matter

The water enters the sedimentation tanks where sludge, as well as any other organic matter, is pumped out. After the solids are removed, the water is then filtered through a natural element like sand. This helps to remove the smaller carbon and organic particles.

Removing Bacterial Microbes

The final process of the water treatment is the removal of harmful bacteria. The water flows into a tank filled with chlorine which kills bacteria that could potentially pose a health risk to the public. The chlorine levels are also monitored and neutralized by other chemicals to protect us and other marine animals that may come into contact with the water.

After treatment, the water is then returned to the environment for nature to take care of the rest.

As part of its voyage to the sewage treatment plant, your wastewater takes a journey through your septic system. A healthy septic system is your way of contributing to green wastewater treatment as it makes its way to the treatment plant. Keep your septic system in the best condition by using our premium products. Call us at 800-397-2384 for more details or contact us online to make sure your wastewater is on the right path.

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