Are toxic chemicals a problem?
Yes. Toxic chemicals present a couple of different problems. First, most treatment plants were not designed to remove toxins, and therefore these chemicals may pass untreated into the receiving water, or cause the resulting bio-solids to be classified as "hazardous waste," which significantly raises disposal costs.

In addition, at the heart of the treatment process is the body of living microorganisms, these can be poisoned and rendered ineffective, adding to the harmful impact of untreated wastewater on the environment.

The Environmental Compliance Division enforces prohibitions against discharge of toxins by businesses; however, it is individual citizens who monitor what goes down their household drains.

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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?