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Effluent comes from the Latin verb effluere, "to flow out". In an older meaning, an effluent was a stream flowing out of a river or lake. But nowadays effluent almost always means wastes that pour into our water and air. Liquid factory waste, smoke, and raw sewage can all be called effluents. An effluent filter keeps treated waste flowing out of a septic tank from clogging up its drainage pipes.
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The factory has been accused of discharging effluent into the river.
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That plan has the potential to decide how much more sewage treatment plant effluent Floyds Fork can handle, if any, without causing further degradation.
Dearly beloved Anchorage dog walkers, can one of you explain why so many of you take the trouble to bag your pup's effluent and then just leave that bag sitting beside the trail?
Sumender Gupta, who runs the Kalyan mill, told visiting reporters his factory conforms to government pollution-control guidelines and has its own effluent treatment plant.
Rick Vonderwell, who manages Tails Remembered, a pet crematory in Delphos, Ohio, uses the effluent at his farm, as do several large universities.
Meanwhile, a young company in Switzerland called Climeworks was opening its first plant to capture CO2—not from relatively concentrated smokestack effluent, but from ambient air.
Researchers last year detected 3 tons of silver and 100 pounds of gold in effluent and sludge from wastewater treatment plants – amounting to an estimated $3.1 million.
Phosphorus is a common part of agricultural fertilizers, manure, and organic wastes in sewage and industrial effluent.
Shrodes said soil conditions should determine if a BAT system, which removes nitrogen from the waste effluent, should be required.
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Definition of effluent for English Language Learners
: liquid (such as sewage or industrial chemicals) that is released as waste
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