What is BOD?

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Document ID TE1226

Published Date

Published Date 27/05/2017
Question
What is BOD?
Summary
What is BOD?
Answer
BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) is a measure of the potential for effluent water to deplete the oxygen in the receiving stream. Fish and other aquatic life depend on dissolved oxygen in the water for survival; contaminated wastewater can rob the receiving stream of this oxygen and have significant negative effects on the environment. For this reason, wastewater and other discharging plants are required to measure BOD in their effluent.