tertiary wastewater treatment

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Tertiary wastewater treatment is the additional treatment of wastewater effluent beyond that of primary and secondary treatment methods to obtain a very high quality of effluent.

The complete wastewater treatment process typically involves a three-phase process:

  1. In the primary wastewater treatment process, untreated water is passed through a series of screens to remove solid wastes;
  2. The secondary wastewater treatment processes involve biological and chemical processes as the screened wastewater is then passed a series of holding and aeration tanks and ponds; and
  3. The tertiary wastewater treatment process consists of flocculation basins, clarifiers, filters, and chlorine basins or ozone or ultraviolet radiation processes to further treat the water.
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