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Ever Wonder Where It Goes?

Clean water is critical for sustaining life and health, yet people often take for granted the flow of water in and out of their homes. Where does it go after we flush the toilet or empty the sink, and how does it safely find its way back into the environment?

Wastewater from homes, businesses, industries, and institutions drains into a community’s sanitary sewer system, an underground network of pipes that leads to the wastewater treatment plant. At the plant, used water is cleaned and returned to the environment to be used over and over again. Treatment is complex and essential to the protection of our water resources. There are no holidays for wastewater treatment—in fact most plants operate 24/7 to meet clean water standards on a continuous basis. Browse Water Heroes to learn about some of the professionals who do this important work.

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