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I'd like to know which order of adjectives is correct in the following sentence. If both are OK, what's the difference?

Finally, the wastewater flows into the last tanks, where the chemical chlorine is added to kill the remaining bacteria. After the bacteria are destroyed, the chlorine is eliminated from the water, and the treated clean water is discharged into a river or the ocean.

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From the context of the sample paragraph, 'treated' and 'clean' are equal adjectives. Either order of their appearance is hence fine. A comma, however, is needed between them.

'After the bacteria are destroyed, the chlorine is eliminated from the water, and the treated, clean water is discharged into a river or the ocean.'

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As Micah has said English does have some conventions for ordering of adjectives.

In this case, to my ears, both orders do seem valid, the choice could be on the basis of the emphasis of the sentence. Here I think the focus is that

clean water is discharged

so I think that the author has chosen correctly in grouping clean and water.

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