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Alabama Home*A*Syst: Household Wastewater: Septic Systems
Laura Booth
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Pages / Length: 12
Publication Date: 03/10/2005

Why be concerned? The water that we use every day is recycled back into the environment. This is called wastewater, and it is important that this water be treated or cleaned after we use it. Before the 19th century, wastewater was usually dumped into streams or streets. This way of disposing wastewater polluted water supplies and spread diseases. We now use two main methods to treat wastewater. In a public sewer system, your wastewater travels through underground pipes and sewers to a wastewater treatment plant where water is treated. After treatment, this water is released back into the environment to a nearby water source, such as a stream, lake, or river.