Urban wastewater dynamics and population density


In South Africa’s rural and urban areas, the population density and nature of the ground and surface water are key to deciding the type of collection and treatment systems required to provide seamless high quality wastewater services.


The different wastewater dynamics measured at different areas of a WWTP are the result of the combination of influent at a source (households, industry) and many more aspects that indirectly affect the quality of water entering a system.


It is easy to take water for granted. Clean water comes out of our faucets, is used and then ‘dirty’ water disappears down the drain. This is how the water that leaves our homes, schools and workplaces is contaminated.


For most South African communities, such waste water is collected, transported and then treated at an urban waste water treatment plant, to remove components harmful to the environment and human health, before the water is discharged back to the environment.


Wastewater from households and industry creates significant pressure on aquatic life due to the high loads of organic matter and nutrients it contains. If released into waterways, ammonia and natural processes break down organic matter in the water, but can use up the oxygen, creating an uninhabitable and poisonous environment for fish and invertebrates.


We are passionate about treating wastewater so that you can have peace of mind knowing that your organization is at the forefront of innovation. Our engineers have a solid reputation in the wastewater technology sector and have built dynamic solutions for complex problems, fitting for a rapidly industrializing world. Speak to MEB for more information on our modern and modular solutions.

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