Effluent vs Wastewater - What's the difference?

effluent | wastewater |


As nouns the difference between effluent and wastewater

is that effluent is a stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence while wastewater is any water that has been used by some human domestic or industrial activity and, because of that, now contains waste products.

As an adjective effluent

is flowing out; outflowing.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

effluent

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Flowing out; outflowing.
  • * Parnell
  • Effluent beams.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence.
  • Sewage water that has been (partially) treated, and is released into a natural body of water; a flow of any liquid waste.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.}}

    wastewater

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia wastewater) (en noun)
  • Any water that has been used by some human domestic or industrial activity and, because of that, now contains waste products.
  • Synonyms

    * sewage