Imagine there is no water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, clean dishes or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't fight fires. Farmers couldn't water their crops. Life could not exist without water.
Most Americans do not think about where their water comes from or where it goes when they are done. They turn on the tap and get clean water. They watch water flow down the drain and it leaves their minds just as quick. What happens when water goes down the drain is incredibly important to the environment and everyone in America and the world. What happens to the water used by us in America is just as important as how Americans get clean water. Used water leaves though drains and then it comes to us through the wastewater pipes to a wastewater treatment facility.
Once water arrives at the wastewater treatment plant, it goes through several steps to remove solid materials and disease-causing organisms in the water. The water is returned to our streams and rivers for everyone downstream to enjoy. Cleaning the wastewater ensures that the environment is protected and that public health is maintained along all waterways.