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Wastewater

Municipal wastewater consists primarily of domestic wastes from households and industrial wastewater from manufacturing and commercial activities. Both types of wastewater are collected in sanitary or combined sewers, and are usually treated at a municipal wastewater treatment plant. After treatment, the wastewater is discharged to its receiving water (e. g., a river, an estuary, or an ocean).

The City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Wastewater Services (Department of Watershed Management) operates the wastewater collection, conveyance and treatment system, which consists of approximately 2,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers, six Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) treatment plants, four water reclamation centers (WRCs) and sixteen pump stations. The WRCs treat more than 170 million gallons of wastewater per day. The high quality, treated effluent from the City’s WRCs is discharged into the Chattahoochee River, one of Georgia's most important water resources.

The City of Atlanta has a population of approximately 400,000 and is the central hub of an urban metropolis of more than 4 million. The city’s wastewater system serves more than 1.5 million people who commute to the city to work or who live outside the city in Dekalb, Fulton, and Clayton counties.

 
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