Here are photographs of the wastewater treatment plant in Wilmington, Delaware — managed by Veolia Water North America — whose representative welcomed our ten of us from the Delaware Nature Society on Wednesday afternoon, March 13, 2019. We spent over two hours touring the plant and ended our visit on the spit of land separating two large retention ponds next to the Delaware River.
Two wastewater treatment improvements are possible in the near future. One is to separate storm runoff from sewage. The other is to pre-treat wastewater coming from industrial plants.
Gerry, our Veolia tour guide, asked us more than once to pass on the word: residents of the area should watch what they put down the drain! Stuff does not magically disappear just because it is poured into your pipes! Grease was at the top of his list of substances that are difficult to eliminate and that gum up the works. He also would like to see fewer residents dumping drugs down the toilet; they should take them to a drug store instead.
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