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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater Bar Screens
    pipes and plastics because they do not decompose Do not flush expired medicines put them in your trash can For prescription drugs call APD Forensic Science Department at 823 4200 so they can be burned click for more info Another problem are plastics like Band aids feminine hygiene applicators and condoms Plastic does not decompose but it breaks into smaller pieces that can pass through our bar screens By putting

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_2_BarScreens.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Kids, Wastewater Grit Chamber
    bath It is because dirt or sand can get into the wastewater stream if there are any cracks in the collection pipes We slow the wastewater stream down just enough so that the heaviest most dense materials fall out of the water Wastewater flows at about 1 ft per second through the grit removal system Because sand and dirt are the most dense so they fall out at that speed

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_3_GritChamber.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater Clarifiers
    the water These are skimmed off and collected by the rotating arm We should not pour fats and oils down the kitchen sink because they cause clogs in the pipes Clogs are expensive to break up and they stop the wastewater from flowing to the plant If the clog occurs on your property you will have to get a plumber to break up the clog with a snake If it

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_4_PrimaryClarifier.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater and microorganisms
    down the ammonia from our urine completing the nitrogen cycle In order to accomplish this we pump compressed air into some of our tanks Bacteria help replace the hydrogens in the ammonia from our urine with oxygen creating nitrates In our anoxic tanks not much oxygen heterotrophic bacteria strip off the oxygens and release nitrogen gas as well as carbon dioxide click here to learn more about the nitrogen cycle

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_5_Aeration.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Kids, Wastewater Secondary Clarifiers
    sludge out of the water In the secondary clarifiers we let the microorganisms and bacterial colonies settle out of the water This water looks clean enough to drink but it is not drinking water After we disinfect the water we will put it in the river Some of the sludge that is collected goes to digesters where microorganisms digest it and produce methane gas This gas is used to generate

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_6_SecondaryClarifier.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater, trash
    to the landfill almost every day The trash inside has been screened out of the wastewater Wouldn t it be better if we just put our trash in the garbage can instead Learn more about what not to flush Cerro

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_Trash.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater Ultraviolet Light Disinfection
    harmful microorganisms in the water Instead of using dangerous chemicals like chlorine to kill the microorganisms we use ultraviolet UV light to kill the bacteria and germs The light sterilizes the microorganisms so that they cannot reproduce and make new microorganisms The water going to the river is monitored many times during the day Our water quality lab analyzes the water to make sure that it meets EPA standards Click

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_7_UVDisinfection.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Wastewater Reuse and Hypochlorination for Water in Pipes
    we can put the reuse water in pipes to pump it to places it can be used we have to use bleach to protect it in the pipes We currently use about 1 million gallons of reclaimed water each day We are working to increase the amount of water we reuse to 5 million gallons a day Some of that water can be used for golf courses playing fields and

    Original URL path: http://www.abcwua.org/education/SWRP22_9_Reuse.html (2016-02-18)
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