Did you ever wonder what happens after you take a bath, use the sink or flush the toilet?
Some people don’t mind what happens to the water we used and we are just satisfied in thinking that is goes somewhere. Actually, each time the water passes down our sink’s drain; it creates a sewage which is otherwise known as wastewater.
Waste water poses a risk to the environment thus you cannot just release it or dump it outside your house or in the nearby river or stream.
There are three main reasons why it cannot be dumped anywhere:
First, it’s smelly. It stinks. It will constitute air pollution and it will cause the spread of airborne diseases that may be harmful to your immune system.
Second, it is contaminated with bacteria. Sewers are considered breeding grounds of harmful bacteria such as E.coli. The moment the waste water is contaminated by such kind of bacteria, it becomes a major threat to health.
Third, waste water contains suspended solids and harmful chemicals that when produced in excess may be a great environment hazard. For instance, water in sewers contains nitrogen and phosphates that can contaminate the water. The organic materials in the waste water contains bacteria and when they start to decompose, it consumes the oxygen present in the water and eventually kills all the living things that come in contact with it such as the fishes in the stream where the waste water will be released.
Finally, no one would surely want to live in a place that stinks, a place that is infected with bacteria that has the strength to destroy aquatic wildlife. Therefore, people in the community should look under and ponder on building waste water treatments that would mitigate the risk caused by the release of this hazardous chemical and strictly follow the rules or guidelines in the release of sewage.