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7 Words That Have a Different Meaning to Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

Posted by Tyler Graves on Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

We surveyed Wessler employees to find everyday words that have a totally different meaning in the world of wastewater treatment plant operators (and the engineers who work with them). 

Here are their top picks:

1. Slug

WWTP Meaning: Usually used in terms of a “slug discharge” into a municipal wastewater system. It is defined by the federal code of regulations. A slug discharge is any discharge including an accidental spill which has a potential to cause interference or pass through of a publicly owned treatment works. A wastewater treatment operator may talk about how a “slug” caused an upset at their wastewater plant.

Not this...

slug

2. Tank

WWTP Meaning: The "tank" we think of when we hear this word is an elevated water tank or a wastewater treatment process tank.

Not this...

tank

 

3. Agitator

WWTP Meaning: An agitator is a machine that mixes fluids so that there is uniform distribution from top to bottom of the basin. 

Not this...

agitator

4. Bugs

WWTP Meaning: Beneficial bacteria used in the wastewater treatment process. 

Not this...

bugs

5. Clarification

WWTP Meaning: Clarification is the process of settling solids out of a fluid.

As opposed to explaining or clarifying an obscure issue or concept...

clarification

6. Cake

WWTP Meaning: Dried sludge or water treatment residuals.

The absolute opposite of this...

cake

7. Digestion

WWTP Meaning: The breakdown of waste using biological processes in a treatment plant. This is what the previously mentioned "bugs" are busy doing.

Which is kind of similar to this...

abstract-digestion

 

What other jargon words do you use in wastewater treatment plants that have a totally different meaning? Share your contributions in the comments below.

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