Definition of effluent and wastewater

 Dirty water and wastewater – what is the difference?

For many people, the term wastewater means everything that is discharged into the mains drainage.

But if you study your wastewater bill carefully, you will find that there are different types of water the discharge of which into the municipal mains drainage system all get charged at different rates. So there genuinely is a difference between wastewater and effluent. This compact overview explains the difference between wastewater and effluent to you. You will receive a definition for industrial wastewater as well as information on how to calculate the volume of effluent.