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Effluent from the dairy milking center, including discharges from the milking parlor (manure, feed solids, hoof dirt) and milkhouse (bulk tank and pipeline rinse water and detergent used in cleaning), is commonly disposed of in a variety of ways. Milking center effluent offers several unique challenges due to the presence of:
1. Large volumes of contaminated water which can overwhelm soil absorption systems.
2. Milk solids and fats and manure solids which plug many systems.
3. Cleaning sanitizers which reduce bacterial breakdown of solids.
When these systems fail, effluent will become a risk to surface and groundwater quality.