Water Pollution

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Water pollution from combined sewer overflow (CSO) into rivers and other waterways has become an increasing problem in the United States. An estimated 850 billion gallons of untreated storm and sewage water are released into our waterways each year. Given that our grey water infrastructures are unable to handle the volume of water entering their systems, a sustainable, eco-friendly solution is needed. A constructed wetland is a type of green infrastructure that can help to solve this problem of CSO. The cost of constructing this green infrastructure is less than that of traditional grey infrastructure. Advantages of the constructed wetland goes beyond improved water quality, to include lower operational costs, an added recreational area, increased habitat which could lead to greater diversity of wildlife. Educating local officials and community members about the benefits and sustainability of the green infrastructure will be vital in initiating the process of creating a wetland.
Wetland Construction for Water Treatment The environmental issue this paper will address is water pollution in our rivers and other waterways. More specifically the pollution that occurs from storm runoff. There are 772 combined sewer systems in the United States. Combined sewer systems are sewers that transport storm water and industrial/municipal waste water to publicly owned treatment plants through the same pipe. During rainy weather, the combined runoff and sewage flows can exceed the limits of

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