How does water get polluted?

The water you use doesn't go away. Whatever goes down the drain ends up at the treatment plant. While the plant effectively removes settled and organic materials, it is not designed to remove certain chemicals and metals. When toxic chemicals are dumped or rinsed down household drains, they pass through the system largely untreated and end up in the creek where they may threaten sensitive aquatic life.

In addition, anything that goes down a storm drain goes directly to creeks and streams, eventually passing untreated into the Illinois River.

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1. What is wastewater?
2. How does water get polluted?
3. What is wastewater treatment?
4. Are toxic chemicals a problem?
5. How much wastewater does the Siloam Springs plant treat?
6. How do we know that the plant is run well?
7. Why is the plant located where it is?
8. What is done at the plant to control odors?
9. Are there other sources of odor in the area?
10. How long does it take to clean the wastewater?
11. How many people work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?