Glossary of Water and Wastewater Terms

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desiccant (DESS-uh-kant)

A drying agent that is capable of removing or absorbing moisture from the atmosphere in a small enclosure.

biodegradable (BUY-o-dee-GRADE-able)

Organic matter that can be broken down by bacteria to more stable forms that will not create a nuisance or give off foul odors is considered biodegradable.

LEL

See lower explosive limit.

grit trap

A permanent structure built into a manhole (or other convenient location in a collection system) for the accumulation and easy removal of grit. Also see sand trap.

acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)

Black plastic drain, waste, and vent piping commonly used for interior plumbing. Joined by solvent weld glues. Direct sunlight can damage ABS.