Treatability Studies

Title: Wastewater Treatability

Client Challenge

This client had the need for a method to purify wastewater containing trace levels of uranium, cadmium, and zinc from wastewater.

MCLinc Approach

Key to the evaluation of potential treatment technologies on a waste or waste stream is a study of the selected alternative technique(s) on a bench or laboratory scale. The data from these studies establish such factors as the future potential of the technique, effective range of application, secondary waste production, limits of safe utilization, scale-up criteria for field application and ability of the full-scale system to meet regulatory treatability requirements.

MCLinc performed bench scale treatability testing to establish the treatment option that most efficiently removed trace levels of uranium, cadmium, and zinc from wastewater.


MCLinc subsequently scaled up the design and built a treatment system to successfully treat approximately 120,000 gallons of water. A crystal of autinite (calcium uranyl phosphate) formed in the process is shown in the photomicrograph.