The City’s wastewater treatment facility must comply with all State & Federal regulations and laboratory testing for water quality monitoring to insure the treated wastewater meets the requirements when it is released into the streams of the State.
We consider wastewater treatment as a water use because it is so interconnected with the other uses of water. Much of the water used by homes, industries, and businesses must be treated before it is released back to the environment.
If the term “wastewater treatment” is confusing to you, you might think of it as “sewage treatment.” Nature has an amazing ability to cope with small amounts of water wastes and pollution, but it would be overwhelmed if we didn’t treat the billions of gallons of wastewater and sewage produced every day before releasing it back to the environment. Treatment plants reduce pollutants in wastewater to a level nature can handle.
Wastewater is used water. It includes substances such as human waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In homes, this includes water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Businesses and industries also contribute their share of used water that must be cleaned.
The analysis we perform at the wastewater facility consist of the following:
Biochemical Oxygen Demand
Total Suspended Solids
Oil & Grease
Whole Effluent Toxicity Test
503 Sludge Metals
Total Kjeldahl Notrogen