What are some common contaminants in wastewater?

Contaminants in wastewater include pathogens, nutrients (e.g. nitrogen and phosphorus), organic matter, metals, and emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, estrogens, and microplastics. These contaminants can cause water pollution and pose risks to human and environmental health if not properly treated and managed.

What are the benefits of wastewater reuse?

Wastewater reuse can help ease the strain on limited freshwater supplies and improve the quality of streams and lakes by reducing the effluent discharges they receive. It can also provide a valuable resource for irrigation and other non-potable uses.