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Coagulation disambiguation points here but there is only a mention in the introduction.

Reason for reverting edits by Caraskid[edit]

I don't think this article needs to have links to Cholera, Dysentery and Typhoid fever. I am fairly sure that there are many dozens of other diseases that can be spread by contaminated water and this article is not the place for listing all of them. I would suggest that Caraskid consider starting a new article entitled "Diseases spread by contaminated water" if he feels that it would be a useful contribution. - mbeychok 21:55, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

Check with the American Water Works Association (AWWA)[edit]

The AWWA can referee what goes in the Water Treatment article - that's what they do. Paulburnett 03:55, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Sewer Treament vs. Water Reuse[edit]

I don't think sewer treatment should be listed in reference to Water Treatment, rather a good bridge between the two would be the topic on Water Reuse in which references to using Sewer Treated water (tertiary treatment) is discussed with reference to a "toilets-to-tap" discussion. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:28, 10 April 2007 (UTC).

Article length[edit]

Surely this topic deserves an importance greater than implied by its current length, and the few non-English versions! —DIV ( (talk) 07:53, 27 March 2009 (UTC))

Article title[edit]

Shouldn't the title of the article be "Water and Wastewater Treatment"? Otherwise it is confusing. If "Water" in this article includes sewage, then what should the reader understand by "water purification"??? —DIV ( (talk) 07:58, 27 March 2009 (UTC))

This article should be titled water treatment and a second article should be developed with material focused on wastewater treatment. As another wiki user suggested, water reuse should also be included and linked to the wastewater treatment article. Waterspecialist (talk) 20:34, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Merge with appropriate technology[edit]

I don't agree that this article should be merged with the one called appropriate technology (AT). AT mainly discusses about the technologies used in the developing economy. The approach in the developed world is far different than the developing or underdeveloped worlds. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wiki Pushkar (talkcontribs) 04:41, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Agreed. Sportyyyy (talk) 18:51, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

The water treatment page should be left as is and expanded with greater detail on water treatment in general by referencing many great resources available through a leading industry organization ( AT could be a linked document but is very focused on developing nation approaches. These approaches are not consistent with developed nation approached based on the scale of projects. An example is the New York disinfection water treatment project which is close to 2 billion gallons per day of treatment capacity. Waterspecialist (talk) 20:32, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Agreed that is should be left. Removing tag. --MWOAP (talk) 01:08, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

This pages needs to be edited[edit]

I feel this article needs to be carefully edited. There are some statement which describe only half truth. The title also needs to be changed to water and wastewater treatment, or alternatively, need to create a separate article for wastewater treatment leaving a hyperlink on this page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wiki Pushkar (talkcontribs) 08:19, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Article scope[edit]

I realize that this not a highly active article but I'm looking to get some input what exactly this article should encompass. What I got from reading an old merge discussion, found here, is that this article should be a general overview of water treatment.

There has also been some discussion that wastewater treatment (WWT) should not be included in the water treatment (WT) article. I am going to operate under the assumption, based on the content of the article, that WWT is a subcategory of WT. Could other editors weigh in on if a distinction should be made between WWT and WT in this article?

The broad treatment categories that I think should fall under Water Treatment and have content in this article are:

Some question to further the discussion.

  1. To what degree should the more specifics treatment categories be included?
  2. What should useful overview and/or summary include? (Process, reasons for treatment, technologies, etc.)
  3. Should the article reflect historic treatment methods in addition to current treatment? (May overlap with History of water supply and sanitation)
  4. Include a regulatory and organization section(s)?
  5. Should the article be strictly technology and engineering focused?

Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks Rɑːlɑːjər talk 06:17, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Changing the title[edit]

I am changing the title of the article to Water and Wastewater Treatment — Preceding unsigned comment added by Push desh (talkcontribs) 07:40, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

On second thought, the article does cover both cases, so I think its a good idea. PAR (talk) 12:22, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

I agree with comments made above that the title "water treatment" is quite misleading here. Water treatment should be for potable water treatment only. The other process - wastewater treatment - does not fit under "water treatment". What ever happened to the suggestion of changing the title to "water and wastewater treatment"? But I actually think we are better off splitting of the content from this page that is not about potable water treatment and move them to the page on "wastewater treatment". At the moment, the page on "wastewater treatment" redirects to here which I think is wrong. I made a redirect to "sewage treatment" but someone reverted that. I think the page on "sewage treatment" should actually be renamed to "wastewater treatment" and include municipal wastewater treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. EvM-Susana (talk) 18:33, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Agree a content fork would be wise. The topics have little in common. LeadSongDog come howl! 04:42, 29 December 2014 (UTC)
How does a content fork work? In the meantime we now have a new page on "wastewater treatment plant": . So this page on "wwater treatment" could be re-done to only focus on raw water treatment (I have already started to do so). EvM-Susana (talk) 10:45, 29 December 2014 (UTC)
wp:CFORK discusses it, but isn't big on the 'how'. LeadSongDog come howl! 02:30, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

History of water treatment[edit]

Does Wikipedia have an article that includes information on the history of water treatment?

Did the Greeks or the Romans treat their water supplies? What about 1000 CE? 1500, 1700, 1900?

For all that can be told from this article, water was left untreated prior to the start of Wikipedia.

I know nothing myself about that topic, which is why I came here looking for information on it. I was greatly disappointed to find nothing at all!

Given that water may be the main cause of the next world war if any, it would be helpful to know a bit about its history. Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. Vaughan Pratt (talk) 03:40, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

There is some content at Water purification#History for drinking water treatment and for sewage treatment there is a short section at Activated sludge#History but not a lot more. I agree that this is an area that needs developing by somebody with access to a technical library. Very little of this material appears to have been digitised and put on the web.  Velella  Velella Talk   07:54, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
I have added a short history section now and a link to the main page where this is dealt with (and which could and should be improved!): history of water supply and sanitation. I think one problem we have is that historical information is spread over several pages, e.g. why do we even have a page on water treatment separate from water purification; there is bound to be overlap; there is also overlap with water supply. EvMsmile (talk) 01:06, 28 April 2016 (UTC)