Basically, wastewater is the flow of used water from a community. While most people think of it as only sanitary sewage, wastewater comes from many sources, including homes, businesses, schools, and industries.
This flow includes water from showers, sinks, dishwashers, laundries, car washes, hospitals, and food processing operations, and this is just scratching the surface.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the average American produces 100 gallons of wastewater each day—that’s nearly 1600 glasses of water or almost two full bathtubs!
With a clear understanding of the value and needs of adequate wastewater treatment, we can all work together to ensure we meet our clean water and environmental goals.