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What are Wastewater Treatment Systems?

 

Wastewater Treatment - A Crucial System

Wastewater is water that has been used for washing, flushing, in a manufacturing process, or in some other way that it contains waste products or sewage. Wastewater can include substances such as human waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In industry, this can include water from cooling systems, wash areas or wastewater created in the manufacturing process.

We consider wastewater treatment systems as a technology and process crucial to mankind because it is so interconnected with the other uses of water. Wastewater treatment systems can be extremely effective in removing contaminants from released water, which can effect all aspects of our environment and our economy, as water used by homes, industries, and businesses must reach treatment systems before it is released back to the environment.

Wastewater treatment systems are often thought of as systems for sewage treatment. Although this is a large and important industry, alternatives exist throughout the world to treat water produced from various sources, including commercial and industrial processes. In the past, priorities for water pollution control has focused on cities, since waste generation from these areas was most evident. The traditional approach was to construct a network of sewers to convey the polluted water to a central location for processing. However, as society expands outward and the population and its industry moves to outlying areas, the traditional sewer approach quickly becomes cost prohibitive. Although large processing plants are occasionally constructed in these more remote areas, the cost often imposes a heavy burden on the local industry and population. Businesses, industries and homes contribute their share of used water that must be cleaned, however stormwater runoff containing harmful substances that wash off roads, parking lots, and rooftops also must be addressed.

Solutions to the cost dilemma of industries and communities in these rural or remote areas can often be solved efficiently and in a cost effective manner using alternatives to the typical sewer approach. For example, organoclay, a substance which physically separates contaminants from water, can be a environmentally friendly and lower cost alternative. When used in conjunction with other methods, it can be extremely effective in removing contaminants from water at a rapid rate.

Nature has an amazing ability to cope with small amounts of water wastes and pollution, but it would be overwhelmed if we didn't use technology to clean the billions of gallons of water and sewage produced every day before releasing it back to the environment. Water reclamation plants reduce pollutants in water to a level nature can handle.

Treating water is a matter of caring for our environment and for our own health. There are a lot of good reasons why keeping our water clean is an important priority, primarily that of ensuring life; clean water is critical to all life, including humans, plants and animals. This is important for all future generations, as well as immediately seen effects to our economy, industry and recreation. Our rivers and ocean waters teem with life that depends on shoreline, beaches and marshes. They are critical habitats for hundreds of species of fish and other aquatic life, including migratory water birds use the areas for resting and feeding.

 
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