Redox potential or ORP is a measure of the tendency of a chemical species to acquire electrons and thereby be reduced. In wastewater biology, redox potential's importance concerns electron donors (often organic compounds measured as BOD5) and electron acceptors. This movement of electrons generates the energy used by the organisms. The redox potential in the water is directly related to the available electron acceptors. The most common wastewater electron acceptors are listed below:
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