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How is New York Citys sewage and garbage treated You ever wonder where the stuff you flush down the toilet goes Or where the water goes after you brush your teeth Or whats under those manholes that has sewage written on it What happens when you throw wasted in the garbage You probably dont but all of the content that is discarded throughout the day gets sent to a sewage plant through the pluming system that is connected to your house One major problem is how to get rid of the waste safely so that it does not disrupted the environment or hurt people or animals The major problem for the United States is waste water the amount and the cost of treatment and disposal The United States treats over 1 billion tons of waste a year What is sewage you ask the dictionaries defines sewage as the waste matter from domestic commercial and industrial establishment carried off in sewers When waste matter enters water the resulting product is called sewage or wastewater Garbage is defined as animal or household refuse Sewage is stored in sewers Then treated or in a sense recycled Raw sewage includes waterborne waste from sinks toilets and industrial processes Treatment of the sewage is required before it can be safely buried used or released back into local water systems In a treatment plant the waste is passed through a series of screens chambers and chemical processes to reduce its bulk and toxicity The three general phases of treatment are primary secondary and tertiary During primary treatment a large percentage of the suspended solids and inorganic material is removed from the sewage The focus of secondary treatment is reducing organic material by accelerating natural biolo gical processes Tertiary treatment is necessary when the water will be reused 99 percent of solids are removed and various chemical processes are used
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