How Wastewater Works
Water is a necessary component of life. From people to animals to plants, we need it to thrive and live. When water becomes unusable, it turns into what’s called wastewater.
What Exactly is Wastewater?
Wastewater is essentially any water that’s unsuitable for human use. This can include sewage, stormwater, runoff from agriculture use, and more. Most of what we talk about here will be referring to sewage.
Wastewater comes from homes, businesses, restaurants and more. In the case of sewage, it contains human waste, chemicals, toxins, particles, sediment, and other contaminants.
Left unchecked or handled improperly, wastewater can spread disease, contaminate local water supplies, and pollute the environment. Sewage and wastewater systems exist to make sure this doesn’t happen. Bu they don’t just take the water and pump it directly into a tank or body of water.
Even if it’s being disposed of, wastewater must go through filtering and purifying. Depending on what’s being done with it, it may go through additional repurposing steps so it can be put to use.
Treating wastewater is a complex, multi-stage process. Here is how it works.
The Wastewater Treatment Process
The first step in wastewater treatment is the removal of the wastewater through a plumbing and sewer system. As you probably know, cities have sewer systems that buildings are connected to. This allows them to remove their waste from their premise.
From there, the first thing that happens to this liquid is the removal of sediments. Debris, mud, and sand settle to the bottom of the wastewater and into a grit chamber. This solid material is removed and disposed of at a landfill.
From there, the water is treated with oxygen. This accelerates the growth of microbes that consume waste. These microbes then clump together and settle at the bottom of the tank. Once again, material is filtered out, collected, and disposed of.
Finally, the remaining water is passed through a filter that removes inorganic particles and purifies the water further. At this point, the water can either be disposed of or treated further for reuse.
Septic Tank Disposal
Not every building or location is connected to a full sewer system, which is why we have septic tanks. For those, you need someone to properly remove and transport the sewage and wastewater to a place where it can be treated.
That’s where we come in.
AAA Wastewater handles septic maintenance and wastewater treatment across the Dayton, Ohio area and beyond. If you’re in need of septic services, contact us today! We’ll make sure your wastewater is properly disposed of and your property remains up to code.