What does a wastewater treatment plant do?

Treatment plants remove impurities contained in wastewater so that the treated wastewater can be safely returned to the environment.  The same stabilization occurs in nature, to break down wastewater to its most basic components of carbon dioxide and water, if given enough time.  Due to the increase in the earth’s population and the volume of wastewater generated, the natural process would be overwhelmed.  A wastewater treatment plant speeds up the process.  The cleaned water is disinfected and returned to local rivers and creeks.

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1. Where does wastewater come from?
2. What does a wastewater treatment plant do?
3. How is the treated wastewater disinfected?
4. Who operates the wastewater treatment plants?
5. How many wastewater treatment plants are in the County?
6. What size are these wastewater treatment plants?
7. What are some of the things that should not be put down the drain or toilet?
8. What should I do with fat and oil if it can't go down the drain?