First things first, let’s start by explaining some basic definitions and terms
What is WasteWater?
In a nutshell, Wastewater (or waste water) is any water that has been affected by human use. Wastewater is “used water from any combination of domestic, industrial, commercial or agricultural activities, surface runoff or stormwater, and any sewer inflow or sewer infiltration”. In simple terms, it’s all the dirty water from municipal sources.
What is its negative impact?
Wastewater contains a lot of pollutants, like bacteria, chemicals and other toxins that have negative impact on both human health and the Earth in general. That’s why, the main purpose of WasteWater treatment is to reduce this contaminants to somewhat acceptable levels and make the water safe for discharge in the environment.
Sources of WasteWater
Mainly, there are 3 sources of WasteWater
- Domestic Sewage – This is all the wastewater coming from home dwellings, public restrooms, hotels, restaurants, motels, resorts, schools, sports stadiums, hospitals and other health centers. They all produce high volumes of wastewater.
- Non-sewage – As its name says, this is all the wastewater that comes from other parts, other than sewages: water from floods, rainwater running through cracks in the ground and into gutters, water from swimming pools, from car garages and cleaning centers.
- Industrial wastewater– Originates from production, industrial and commercial activities, and has a different chemical composition to sewage water.
Explaining WasteWater Treatment
Let’s explain how the WasteWater Treatment actually works. As we said above, it’s a process of converting water that is no longer needed and it’s usually dirty, into clean water that can safely be discharged back into the environment. It is one of the most common forms of pollution control all over the world. Its great importance comes from the fact that most of the wastewater from different industries contains chemicals and other toxins that can largely harm the environment.
Why Treat Wastewater?
Treating WasteWater is a matter of caring for our environment and for our own health. If wastewater is not properly treated, then the environment and human health can be negatively impacted. Wastewater treatment has a number of benefits. For example, it ensures that both the environment and the water are kept clean. While the treated water can be used for many other activities, like cooling machines and preventing outbreak of many diseases, the most important benefit of the treatment is that it ensures useful water for many other purposes, like the growth of agricultural crops, maintaining landscapes, revegetating disturbed soils in dry areas, and so on. Treating WasteWater is a process that helps protect our planet and all the creatures living on it, including you!
How does WasteWater Treatment work?
Usually, there are three wastewater treatment plants, chemical, physical treatment plant or biological wastewater treatment plant. In order to not bore you with a lot of information, biological waste treatment plants use biological matter to get rid of the waste, while physical waste treatment plants use chemical reactions and physical processes to treat wastewater. Biological treatment systems are ideal for treating wastewater from households and business premises. The WasteWater Treatment process is divided in two sections: primary and secondary treatment. “Primary treatment” removes about 60 percent of suspended solids from wastewater. This treatment also involves aerating (stirring up) the wastewater, to put oxygen back in. Secondary treatment removes more than 90 percent of suspended solids.
WasteWater Treatment and the Environment
These days, we are becoming more and more aware of our environmental impact. Although the Earth has the incredible power to heal itself from most of the damage we make, it can only do so much. As rational individuals, we shouldn’t allow wastewater to be disposed in a way that is dangerous for both our own health and all other life forms on Earth. With that being said, Industrial water filtration and treatment systems are the most at fault for release of toxic waste from chemical treatments, which is why, there is a high demand for WasteWater Treatment materials.
Why choose SafeTechnical?
As we have said many times before, proper WasteWater treatment equipment is vitally important to a successful treatment process. With over 30 years of experience and with the help of our partners, we combine science and technology to provide innovations that help our customers efficiently treat wastewater while still being a budget-friendly option.