Define the Market

While this is a rather mature industry, new innovations (and climate change) are driving technologies that can better handle solids, improve operational efficiencies, and even desalinate sea water. The future will be much different from the past. Learn about the basics of wastewater treatment.

Brief History - Time Line

Despite large supplies of fresh water and the natural ability of water to cleanse itself over time, U.S. populations had become so concentrated by 1850 that outbreaks of life-threatening diseases were traced to bacteria in the polluted water.

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Wastewater Defined

Wastewater treatment refers to the physical, chemical, and biological processes used to remove pollutants from wastewater before discharging it into a body of water.

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Water Treatment Process

The function of a wastewater treatment plant is to speed the process by which water cleanses (purifies) itself.

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Application Map

PRELIMINARY TREATMENT (HEADWORKS) Mechanical screening removes large debris and rags from raw wastewater. Grit removal separates sand and gravel.

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Industry Concerns

Top 10 Wastewater Treatment Concerns

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