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Chapter 18: Wastewater Story

Q1. Fill in the blanks:

  1. Cleaning of water is a process of removing _______.
  2. Wastewater released by houses is called _______.
  3. Dried _______ is used as manure.
  4. Drains get blocked by _______ and _______.

Ans.

  1. Pollutants
  2. Sewage
  3. Sludge
  4. Chemicals, Kitchen waste

 

Q2.What is sewage? Explain why it is harmful to discharge untreated sewage into rivers or seas.

Ans. Water containing liquid wastes disposed from domestic household activities, industrial activities and agricultural activities is termed as sewage.

The untreated sewage can harm the rivers and seas as the contaminated water pollutes the whole source of water. As the sewage water may contain harmful substances and disease causing organisms, it is dangerous to release the untreated sewage into the water bodies.

 

Q3. Why should oils and fats be not released in the drain? Explain.

Ans. Water flow is affected by the blockages produced due to the release of these oils and fats into the streams of water flowing in the drain.They harden the soil in the pipes and results in a block. The holes of the soil in the drains gets clogged by the Fats. Hence, the flow is affected.

 

Q4. Describe the steps involved in getting clear water from wastewater.

Ans.

  1. These are the steps involved in the purification of water,
  2. In the first step, all the physical impurities like stones, plastic bags ,cans etc. are removed by passing the water through screens.
  3. Now, water is subjected to sedimentation where impurities are removed by the force of gravity.
  4. Solids settled at the bottom of the sedimentation tank is removed. This is called sludge.
  5. An aerator cleanses the water from other impurities.
  6. Chlorination is done to remove all disease causing bacteria.

 

Q5. What is Sludge? Explain how it is treated.

Ans. The solid waste collected along with the wastewater during the treatment in the treatment plant is called sludge. It is decomposed in a separate tank by the anaerobic bacteria. The product is called Activated sludge process in which the activated sludge can be used as manure.

 

Q6. Untreated human excreta is a health hazard. Explain.

Ans. A lot of health hazard may be resulted from untreated human excreta. Besides polluting air, water and soil it could also cause epidemics like Cholera, Meningitis etc,. when it mixes with water.

 

Q7. Name two chemicals to disinfect water.

Ans.

  • Chlorine
  • Ozone

 

Q8. Explain the junction of bar screens in a wastewater treatment plant.

Ans. Physical impurities with considerable size can be removed by Bar screens. The screens are made of meshes which permit water and finer solids to pass through while restricting bigger solids.

Eg:Plastics, Wood chunks, Papers, cans, Food wastes.

 

Q9 .Explain the relationship between sanitation and disease.

Ans. Proper sanitation should be maintained in order to avoid diseases. They are related to each other. By sanitation, proper disposal of sewage and refuse from household and public places is carried out. Implementation of proper sanitation results in a state where we are free from any diseases. Lack of it may lead to various diseases.

 

Q10. Outline your role as an active citizen in relation to sanitation.

Ans.

  • We should take care of our personal sanitation
  • Efforts should be taken to make people aware of the benefits of sanitation.
  • With the help of municipal corporations, all the open drains should be covered.
  • We should remove all the disease causing substances thrown in open.

 

Q11. Solve this crossword puzzle.

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Across:

  1. Liquid waste products
  2. Solid waste extracted in sewage treatment
  3. A word related to hygiene
  4. Waste matter discharged from human body

Down:

  1. Used water
  2. A pipe carrying sewage
  3. Micro-organisms which cause Cholera
  4. A chemical to disinfect water

Ans.

10

 

12.Study the following statements about ozone:

 

  1. It is essential for breathing of living organisms.
  2. It is used to disinfect water.
  3. It absorbs ultraviolet rays.
  4. Its proportion in the air is about 3%.

 

Which of these statement are correct?

I. (1), (2) and (3)

II. (2) and (3)

III. (1) and (4)

IV. All four

Ans. (II) (2) and (3)

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