Glossary of Water and Wastewater Terms

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5 random terms from our glossary

main sewer

A sewer line that receives wastewater from many tributary branches and sewer lines and serves as an outlet for a large territory or is used to feed an intercepting sewer. Also called trunk sewer.

joint

A connection between two lengths of pipe, made either with or without the use of another part.

true color

Color of the water from which turbidity has been removed. 

flights

Scraper boards, made from redwood or other rot-resistant woods or plastic, used to collect and move settled sludge or floating scum.

lateral surface area

The area of all the sides but not the top and bottom of a solid object, such as a cube, cylinder, or cone.