Wastewater: Waste Water

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Wastewater – waste water Overview: Wastewater refers to effluent from household, industries, commercial establishments, hospitals and so on including urban runoff, effluent from agricultural activities, and land-based aquaculture. It also includes storm water. The term covers any water that has been adversely affected in quality and created by human. The sources of wastewater determines its characteristics and reuse possibility. For example, blackwater refers to wastewater from toilets while graywater is the wastewater from all domestic sources except toilets. However, blackwater and graywater have different characteristics, but both contain pollutants and disease-causing agents that require treatment. Some classifications do not limit blackwater…show more content…
In regard to tourism even if not-touching water, the smell of wastewater could turn discouraging tourism in affected area. In general, wastewater components that should be of most concern are those that have the potential to cause disease or lead to detrimental environmental effects. The potential hazardous diseases related to wastewater include disease-causing viruses, parasites, and bacteria including “gastroenteritis”, hepatitis A, typhoid, polio, cholera, and…show more content…
Inorganic minerals commonly originate from industrial and commercial sources, stormwater, and others. Such materials may include any of metals, and compounds, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc. Most inorganic substances are relatively stable, and cannot be broken down easily by organisms in wastewater and hence amounts of many inorganic substances can contaminate soil, water, and may accumulate in the environment. Some of these minerals are toxic to animals and humans. In regard to nutrients, wastewater often contains large amounts of the nitrogen and phosphorus in the form of nitrate and phosphate, which promote plant growth. In severe cases, excessive nutrients in receiving waters as carried by wastewater cause massive growth of algae and other plants leading to reduction or depletion of oxygen in the water and may cause serious harm or even kill of fish and other aquatic

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