According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average person produces between 50 and 70 gallons of wastewater per day in the United States. Wastewater is water that has been used and contaminated by humans for domestic, industrial, commercial, or agricultural activities, including stormwater and sewage.
Wastewater filtration eliminates contaminants, including human waste, scraps, oils, chemicals, and soaps from water so that it can be reused. Financial savings include a reduction in water use and the cost of transporting and storing polluted water. The filtration of wastewater also has a positive environmental impact by reducing pollutant emissions. Instead of consuming a natural resource, this process reduces water consumption and reduces pollutants in billions of gallons of wastewater produced daily to a level nature can more readily manage.
Untreated wastewater can harm the environment, which conversely impacts human health. A reduction in fish and wildlife populations, the depletion of oxygen, and contamination of drinking water are just a few of the ways untreated wastewater negatively impacts our world.
Contaminated water flowing into community water sources first breaks down plants, diminishing fisheries and habitats for animals that live in or near the water—reducing fishing and recreation usage opportunities. If it has not been adequately cleaned, the contamination of potable water can carry disease and chemicals harmful to humans either through direct contact or through the consumption of plants and animals that have consumed the water.
Wastewater treatment removes about 60 percent of the suspended solids found in wastewater. This is accomplished by aerating the wastewater or putting oxygen back in. A secondary process further removes 90 percent of the remaining suspended solids.
Diamond Water Systems is a leading provider of water filtration systems for industrial, municipal, and commercial applications. To learn more about our products and services, visit our products page or call us now to learn more about the importance of wastewater filtration.