Levels of Dirty Water

Just how dirty is your water? Water can be separated into three categories depending on how unsanitary and unsafe it is. As part of an industry that produces wastewater, it is something that you should have on your radar.


Category 1 Water

Category 1 water is the least harmful contaminated water. It usually does not pose substantial harm if occupants are exposed to it. It is usually water that has overflowed from a clean source. It may be unsanitary depending on what surfaces it has come in contact with.


Category 2 Water

Category 2 water is sometimes called gray water because it is contaminated by bacteria, mold, and/or chemicals. It poses a health risk if individuals are exposed to it. This wastewater can overflow from machines, or leak from places like water beds or aquariums. Anything exposed to Category 2 water becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. If not treated within 1-2 days of exposure, it can lead to a Category 3 situation.


Category 3 Water

Category 3 water, or black water, is horribly unsanitary and unsafe. It contains disease-causing agents, like harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause severe sickness or even death. Category 3 water can come from various sources such as flooding from seawater, ground surface water, or rising water from rivers or streams. Sewage back-ups are also classified as Category 3 water. Even just a small amount of this water can cause major damage, like bacteria and mold growth inside the walls and under the floors of a home or business. The contaminated water can expose you to hepatitis B and C, Norovirus, Tetanus, West Nile virus, Tuberculosis, and HIV or AIDS. Due to its tendency to spread rapidly, ordinary cleanup doesn’t address the hazardous contamination that soaks deep into materials such as sheetrock. It takes major damage control to clean up Category 3 water.


Wastewater and Slurry Water

Now that you’ve had time to consider the three classifications of dirty water, think about the water that you use every day in your industry. What different processes contaminate it? How are you treating that water to prevent it from contaminating other bodies of water? Treating water before you dump or reuse it is crucial. It’s also important to balance its pH level—the measure of how acidic or basic the water is.


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