What is wastewater treatment?
Wastewater treatment is the process of cleaning used water so that it can be returned safely to the environment. Wastewater treatment is the last line of defense against water pollution and protecting public health and the aquatic organisms in the receiving water.

Before modern treatment methods were instituted, wastewater went directly to streams and rivers, often to the places where people bathed, washed their clothes, and gathered drinking water. Because of this, many people suffered from diseases, such as cholera, typhoid and diphtheria, caused by contaminated water.

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1. What is wastewater?
2. How does water get polluted?
3. What is wastewater treatment?
4. Are toxic chemicals a problem?
5. How much wastewater does the Siloam Springs plant treat?
6. How do we know that the plant is run well?
7. Why is the plant located where it is?
8. What is done at the plant to control odors?
9. Are there other sources of odor in the area?
10. How long does it take to clean the wastewater?
11. How many people work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?