How do you disinfect wastewater?
Disinfection is a process by which microorganisms present in the wastewater are killed using chlorine, Ultraviolet light or Ozone.

The secondary effluent is pretty clean, but it still contains large number of invisible harmful microorganisms that need to be destroyed before discharge into the Neosho River. To destroy the microbes, The City of Miami currently practices disinfection using Ultraviolet light.

The effluent (treated water) is decanted to an Ultra Violet light system. The Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant uses the UV system instead of chlorine for water disinfection. The effluent then passes through a set of steps (cascade) to bring up the oxygen levels. All effluent discharged into the Neosho River must meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) criteria which include DO (dissolved oxygen), BOD (biochemical oxygen demand), Fecal Coliform (disease causing bacteria), and many others.

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1. How do you disinfect wastewater?
2. How is Wastewater Treated?
3. How often do you test the treated wastewater?
4. My sewer is stopped and backing up, who do I call?
5. What does the Waste water Collection Department do?
6. What if I have sewer odor in my house?
7. What if the service lateral is broken in the City's right of way or easement?
8. What is a lift station and how does it work?
9. What is Wastewater?
10. What should I do if I have a sink hole or cave-in in my yard?
11. What should I do if I have water shooting out of my toilet?
12. What should I do if I see sewer water coming out of the ground or from a manhole?
13. What substances should never go down the drain?
14. Where are the lift stations located?
15. Where does the sewer water go?
16. Who maintains the service lateral from my home or business?
17. Why is there a manhole in my yard?
18. Why Treat Wastewater?