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Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Wastewater Go?

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Wastewater Go?

In the last Ask the Engineer article we discussed where our drinking water comes from. Today we’re going to take a look at where our water goes after we use it. Everything that goes down the toilet, the shower, the sink or any drains. Where does it all go? All of these sources of wastewater in each of our homes and businesses combine into a pipe that exits our property. This is often referred to a... »

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Water Come From?

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Water Come From?

You turn on the faucet and water comes out but where does it come from? We here in the Pacific Northwest have it good, nature does most of the work for us. Throughout the fall and winter when water use is down, precipitation falls in the mountains and turns into snowpack. When it starts to warm up in the spring, all that snow melts and sends us a steady flow of clear, clean water. The water that c... »