How is Water Drinkable?
Bioaugmentation is the reason why.
What is bioaugmentation?
Bioaugmentation is the addition of microorganisms into the water treatment system to speed up the decontamination process. These microorganisms are added as a supplement to boost those that already exist within the wastewater treatment process. Bioaugmentation microorganisms are primarily bacteria. When the bacteria are introduced into wastewater they use the pollutants as a food source. As the bacteria consume the pollutants they convert them into compounds that can be removed from the water using mechanical means.
The long term effects of bioaugmentation.
Bioaugmentation increases the efficiency of the wastewater treatment process, results in a reduction of water treatment costs and a reduction of toxins in the water.
The effects of bioaugmentation on the water we drink.
Bioaugmentation results in cleaner water. Because it increases the efficiency of the wastewater treatment system more water can be decontaminated compared to using traditional means.
The effects of bioaugmentation on humans.
Many studies have been conducted to determine the long term effects of bioaugmentation on humans. No detrimental results have been found, other than that it is not recommended to be in direct contact with the bacteria used in the process. Antibiotics can treat any illnesses that occur as a result of direct contact.
The effects of bioaugmentation on the environment.
Bioaugmentation reduces the amount of sludge and algae that needs to be disposed of in the environment. Bioaugmentation also reduces the amount of chemicals required in the wastewater treatment process. Cleaner water means a cleaner environment.