The presence or amount of salt in water and soil.
Solid materials like plastic removed from wastewater by screens.
Any material that floats to the surface of wastewater during treatment, usually removed in sedimentation tanks.
Materials of different sizes that sink or settle to the bottom of a sediment trap.
A device that captures eroded or disturbed soil, often used at construction sites to protect water quality of a nearby waterway.
Sedimentation is a physical wastewater treatment process used to settle out suspended solids in water under the influence of gravity.
Tanks where the process of sedimentation takes place.
Easily affected by slight changes in environmental conditions.
An underground tank used to treat wastewater through bacterial activity.
The used water that goes down sinks, toilets and drains and into the sewerage system. About 99% of sewage is water. Also called wastewater.
This occurs when a wastewater pipe is blocked or flooded by heavy rainfall, resulting in wastewater overflowing into the environment.
Sewage (wastewater) treatment plant
A place that treats sewage, also known as wastewater.
System of underground pipes used to transport wastewater.
The network of pipes, pumping stations and treatment plants used to collect, transport and treat wastewater, then discharge the effluent.
Solid matter that is removed during wastewater treatment. It can be processed into a material called biosolids.
A measure of the number and strength of people’s social relationships with other people in the same place, or in other places via face-to-face connections or electronic methods. The opposite of good social connectedness is social isolation or loneliness.
The ability of a substance to dissolve in another substance.
A substance that has dissolved in a solvent.
The mixture formed when a substance (solute) has dissolved in a solvent.
A substance that is able to dissolve a solute to form a solution.
The location and arrangement of particular phenomena or activities across the surface of the Earth.
Stormwater quality improvement devices (SQIDs) include trash racks or constructed wetlands that improve stormwater quality by removing litter, sediment and nutrients.
Rainwater that runs off hard surfaces like roofs and roads and is carried away by stormwater drains flowing into local waterways.
A material composed of specific chemicals.
To continue to live or exist, to stay alive, often by coping with harsh or dangerous conditions.
Small and light particles dispersed through water that do not sink to the bottom or float to the top.
Able to continue indefinitely without damaging the environment or depleting a resource.
To do something in a way that will not harm the environment or reduce resources.
The pattern of activities that meet the needs of the present generation without harming the ability of future generations to meet their needs.