Wastewater treatment is the last line of defense against water pollution. It involves cleaning used water and sewage so it can be returned safely to our environment. While our lakes and streams clean water in much the same way, water treatment plants are faster and can handle more water. This makes treatment plants essential in areas where there's too much wastewater for nature to handle alone.
Importance of Wastewater Treatment Plants
Wastewater treatment plants protect public health from disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Today's treatment plants actually disinfect wastewater, eliminating many of these harmful organisms, and they protect water quality so we can enjoy clean oceans, lakes, streams, and rivers. In this way, wastewater treatment helps us enjoy life to the fullest.
You may pay your wastewater bill using our online payment system. By registering in this system, you can also access previous payment records and other information.
We are also pleased to offer AUTO-PAY service. Now you can have your monthly wastewater payment automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. And you don’t have to change your present banking relationship to take advantage of this service.
Where Wastewater Comes From
Each person in the U.S. contributes 50 to 100 gallons of wastewater every day. It can come from:
- Homes: Human and household wastes from toilets, sinks, baths, and drains
- Industry, schools, and businesses: Chemicals and other wastes from factories, food service operations, airports, shopping centers, etc.
- Storm runoff and groundwater: Water that collects in street drains during a storm, as well as groundwater that enters through cracks in sewers
How Treatment Plants Protect Our Water
A wastewater treatment plant protects our water in three ways:
- Reducing organic matter and pollutants: Helpful bacteria and other microorganisms are used to consume organic matter in wastewater. The bacteria and microorganisms are then separated from the water.
- Restoring oxygen: Treatment facilities help ensure that the water put back into our lakes or rivers has enough oxygen to support life.
- Removing solids: This includes everything from rags and sticks to sand and smaller particles found in wastewater.
How You Can Help Improve Wastewater Treatment
By using water wisely. Practice water conservation at home and at work by following these tips:
- Be aware of how much water you use in your household
- By disposing of household products and other waste safely
- Fix leaks, and install water-saving devices and appliances
- Properly dispose of pet waste
- Use fertilizers and pesticides carefully, following the product’s instructions
"Working with the community to protect the lakes and streams in Warsaw." -Brian Davison, Utility Manager