Glossary of Water and Wastewater Terms

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5 random terms from our glossary

specific capacity test

A testing method used to determine the adequacy of an aquifer or well by measuring the specific capacity.

terminal cleanout

A cleanout provided at the upstream end of a sewer main when a manhole is not provided. Also see flusher branch and sewer cleanout

buffer action

The action of certain ions in solution in opposing a change in hydrogen ion concentration.

pH test paper

A strip of paper that is treated with several dyes that change color at narrow and different pH ranges. To determine the pH of a solution, place a drop of the solution on the test paper. Then compare the color that develops with the colors on a chart that relates color to pH. Also see litmus paper.

concrete cradle

 A device made of concrete that is designed to support wastewater collection pipes.