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Unformatted text preview: Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Human activities generate a tremendous volume of sewage and wastewater that require treatment before discharge into waterways. Often this wastewater contains excessive amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and metal compounds, as well as organic pollutants that would overwhelm waterways with an unreasonable burden. Wastewater also contains chemical wastes that are not biodegradable, as well as pathogenic microorganisms that can cause infectious disease. The chemical and biological waste in sewage and water must be broken down before it is deposited to the soil and environment. This breakdown can effectively be controlled by managing the microbial population in waters and encouraging microorganisms to digest the organic matter. The water must then be purified before it is considered fit to drink. Water taken from ground sources must also be then be purified before it is considered fit to drink....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08