Term: Colour


By colour the quality of water can be judged. Pure water is colourless. In wastewater treatment, colour is not necessarily a problem, but instead is a indicator of the condition of the wastewater. Condition refers to the age of the wastewater, which is determined qualitatively by its colour and odour. Fresh wastewater is a light brownish-grey colour. The colour of wastewater changes sequentially from grey to dark grey and ultimately to black as the travel time in collection system increases (flow becomes increasingly more septic) and more anaerobic conditions develop.