Ferrous and Sulfide Treatment of Electroplating Wastewater.
Patent, Filed 10 May 85, patented 10 Nov 87,
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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The present invention involves a treatment technique for drastically reducing the volume of hazardous sludge generated by the chemical reduction of chromium contaminants and the precipitation of heavy metal contaminants from contaminated electroplating wastewater. The wastewater is first adjusted to a pH of from about 8 to 10 and then treated with sodium sulfide to provide sulfide ions to effect precipitation of heavy metal contaminants followed by treatment with ferrous sulfate or ferrous chloride to provide ferrous ions to chemically reduce the hexavalent chromium to its trivalent state. This method produces approximately one-fourth the sludge generated by the previously known acidic reaction treatment using only ferrous sulfide.
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