Chemical Treatment and Disposal of Wastewater

Throughout its history as an environmental engineering company in California, RMC Water and Environment has worked hard to help communities and public agencies overcome their water management challenges. RMC Water and Environment has helped clients devise solutions to the problem of wastewater treatment, which often requires significant planning and resources to execute effectively.

Many wastewater treatment programs rely on one or more chemical reactions to improve the quality of a wastewater sample. Perhaps the most widespread chemical treatment method is chlorination, or the addition of the highly oxidative element chlorine to water samples. Chlorine interferes with important vital functions of bacteria and ultimately inhibits their ability to thrive and replicate.

Another process, known as coagulation, involves the addition of aqueous polyvalent metals to wastewater. These metals react with contaminants to form insoluble precipitates (solid particles) that can be removed easily from the solution. Other common methods of chemical treatment include organic filtration with activated carbon, and pH neutralization with strong acids and bases.

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