Water and Wastewater Terms Beginning D

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disinfection (dis-in-FECT-shun)

The process designed to kill or inactivate most microorganisms in water or wastewater, including essentially all pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. There are several ways to disinfect, with chlorination being the most frequently used in water and wastewater treatment plants. Compare with sterilization.