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Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Process

One of the most extensive wastewater recycling programs include some form of a tertiary wastewater treatment process - replenishing the groundwater and providing affordable recycled water for commercial, industrial, and recreational purposes. When it comes to a tertiary wastewater treatment process, the wastewater treatment plant looks similar to a natural stream, but is housed in a concrete container.


Treatment plants are able to replicate the natural world, but they do so much faster, with not only the tertiary wastewater treatment process - but when following the three main processes: primary treatment, second treatment and the tertiary wastewater treatment process.


Let's take a closer look at these wastewater treatment processes:

The Primary Wastewater Treatment Process

Most wastewater treatment plants have long, concrete settling tanks that act in the same way as the river. The solid materials settle to bottom, and the floating materials are then removed for further treatment or processing. The rest of the wastewater is made up of suspended materials. These are then further purified during secondary treatment.

The Secondary Wastewater Treatment

It's vital to see the step-by-step process laid out here to fully understand how all the treatment processes work together, and that you cannot just just to the tertiary wastewater treatment process phase of things without steps one and two first.


Most treatment plants are where wastewater from the primary wastewater treatment flows into aeration tanks containing microorganisms. The amount of air that is pumped into the tanks is much higher than it is in a river, which allows for the organisms to make more bacteria and consume greater quantities of wastewater solids. To treat more wastewater, some bacteria can be recycled in the wastewater treatment plants.

Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Process

The tertiary wastewater treatment process is where the water is treated at the wastewater treatment plant by activated carbon and sand filters. These filters remove suspended material from the water. The disinfectant is added to the water or used as an ultra-violet radiation wastewater treatment. The water disinfected, is then treated with chemicals and disinfectant. The final product is free from chemicals and harmful organisms, making it suitable for reuse and recycling.


From there, the tertiary wastewater treatment process includes further analyses and water quality measurements which are performed at the laboratories at nearby water reclamation plants (WRP). All of the treatment facilities require analytical services from the laboratory staff and there are many analytical services available including microbiological, chemical, and biological testing.


The scientists at that work for In-Pipe Technology use a mix of traditional techniques and sophisticated instrumentation to assess inorganic and organic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and toxicity. As the leading company in this industry, we continue to seek out and test new and improved analytical methods continue to be developed and evaluated.

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