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Water Glossary: A B C D E F G H IL M N O PQ R S T UV WZ


Million acre-feet.



Maximum contaminant level. According to health agencies, the maximum amount of a substance that can be present in water that's safe to drink and which looks, tastes, and smells good.



Million gallons per day, a measure used for water treatment plants and other facilities.



Relating to microorganisms and their life processes.*



An organism of microscopic size, such as bacterium.



A way in which an agency may offset negative environmental impacts of a project or make the impacts less serious.



Scrutinizing and checking systematically with a view to collecting data



Methyl tertiary butyl ether. An oxygenate used in California gasoline to help prevent air pollution. The chemical has a long life and has been determined to have polluted lakes, reservoirs and groundwater after leaking from watercraft, underground tanks, and pipelines. Required to be phased out by Dec. 31, 2002.



Material spread on the ground to reduce soil erosion and evaporation of water; include hay, plastic sheeting, and wood chips.


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