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How To Fix High pH And Comply With The Clean Water Act

Source: Fortrans, Inc.

When the Clean Water Act was enacted, one of the intentions of this legislation was to reduce the untreated industrial waste water burden on publically owned waste water treatment plants (POTW) so that industrial wastewater would only load the treatment plant to the same extent as ordinary household sanitary waste. Industrial facilities that generated process wastewater had to begin pre-treatment of the water before it could be returned to the local POTW. They had to test for heavy metals, chemical oxygen demand, biological oxygen demand, pH, solvents and other chemicals that were contained in the waste water stream and then treat to ensure removal of the contaminants. The Act also established limits on water discharged to the environment from an industrial facility or discharged upon the grounds of the facility.