Learn About the Wastewater Treatment Process
Although wastewater services are a part of our everyday utility costs many people aren’t sure what wastewater refers to. Wastewater is water that is not used as drinking water but instead is water that has been used and drained out of a home or business through;
- Washing machines
Rainwater and storm runoff from roofs, gutters and yards that flow into sewage system is also considered wastewater.
Sewage is a subset of wastewater services that may show up on your utility bill. Sewage refers to wastewater that contains human waste contaminants. However, sewage sometimes refers to all wastewater that is disposed of through the sewer.
Due to the contaminants wastewater needs to be treated before it can be put back into the environment. Contaminants can include:
- Human wastes
- Food scraps
Basically just about anything that a person puts down a drain can become a contaminant. The environment can naturally handle some contaminants, but because of the extremely high amount of water that we use wastewater must be treated. Part of the cost involved with wastewater services includes the removal of pollutants at a treatment plant.
Wastewater treatment ensures that our rivers, lakes and oceans remain clean and safe to enjoy. Some of the byproducts that come out of treated wastewater are recycled. The rest is disposed off in a way that is more controlled and has a limited impact on the environment.
How to Get Wastewater and Treatment Services
Wastewater services are usually provided by your utility company, but keep in mind these services are sometimes provided separately from electricity, garbage pick up, gas services, etc. In many areas the city or municipality will provide wastewater services. These services are rendered to protect the people of the community and the environment, services that are typically the responsibility of the local government.
However, there are private businesses that provide wastewater services as well.
How Much Do Wastewater Services Cost?
The cost of wastewater services varies from region to region, and in some areas all water-related services are going up in price. Some people are surprised to find that their wastewater services cost more than water itself. That’s because of the intensive and costly process involved with treating the wastewater.
The monthly cost is determined by measuring the water usage which is indicated by how much water has passed through your meter since the previous month.
Wastewater will be just one of several costs included in your water bill.