Cleaning Polluted Water

How to prevent and clean our water.

The Most Common Type of Cleaning

Sewage treatment plants are facilities that clean the waste materials out of water. When water reaches a sewage plant, it is cleaned in two ways.1st is primary treatment. Dirty water is passed through a large screen to catch solid objects, such as paper, rags, and bottle caps. The water is then placed in a large tank, where smaller particles, or sludge, can sink and be filtered out. These particles include things like food, coffee grounds, and soil. Any floating oils and scum are skimmed off the surface.2nd is secondary treatment. The water is sent to an aeration tank, where it  is mixed with oxygen and bacteria. The bacteria feed on the wastes and use the oxygen. The water is then sent to another settling tank, where chlorine is added to disinfect the water. The water is finally released into a water source - a river, a lake, or the ocean.

Preventions to Clean Water

In yard: Having fewer hard surfaces will reduce run-off. Planting vegetation at lower surfaces help reduce run-off as well. Using native plants use less wate. Apply natural fertilizers. Dont over water lawns. In homes: Properly dispose trash, flushing non-degradable products down the drain/toilet will damage sewer systems and pollute beaches/waters.   Cars: Recycle used motor oil, never pour down gutters, it ends up going to the ocean. Keep up to date on car inspections to reduce leaks.  Community: Pick up trash when you see it. Clean water/beaches/gutters. Dont litter, put trash were its suppose to be.