Groundwater Treatment and Control

Meeting the Need for Groundwater Treatment and Control Applications

CETCO Organoclay and sodium bentonite products have been used in a wide variety of groundwater treatment and control applications throughout the world. Our global technical support, sales, manufacturing and logistics allow us to serve projects in any location.


Variable Permeable Reactive Barrier

CETCO Organoclay products are used for control of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL). In a variable PRB, the Organoclay sorbs the NAPL and creates a low permeable zone that retards the NAPL layer. Zones above DNAPL layers and below LNAPL layers remain permeable to groundwater flow, thus preventing groundwater mounding. CETCO Organoclay can also adsorb low-soluble dissolved organics in the groundwater.

Pump and Treat Systems

Granular activated carbon (GAC) has been proven to be effective at adsorbing dissolved organics from contaminated groundwater. However, GAC can be fouled by NAPL. CETCO offers Organoclay filtration media. An Organoclay vessel can be placed in series prior to the GAC vessel to strip the NAPL before it reaches the GAC. This can result in cost-saving prolonged life for the GAC.

Slurry Walls

Slurry walls can be effective groundwater and source control remedies for a site. CETCO sodium bentonite products from CETCO Drilling Products unit are used for construction of both soil-bentonite and cement-bentonite slurry walls. The sodium bentonite lowers the hydraulic conductivity of the slurry wall

Groundwater Filtration

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Through a succesfull treatment with Organoclay® MRM (Mercury Removal Media) a excavation site in East Rutherford extracted and filltrated the groundwater that was contaminated with organics, arsenic, and mercury.

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Koppers Wood Treatment Facility

Guthrie, KY

This is a case study of an active wood-treatment plant that has operated in southwestern Kentucky since 1913. Historically, released DNAPL had migrated along the fill-soil interface and had impacted the drainage ditch, soil and seep locations.

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Railroad Tie Treatment Facility

Escanaba, MI

The groundwater at a former creosote wood treating site was contaminated by non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL). The contaminated groundwater was a threat to the nearby fresh water bay when NAPL and soluble organics were showing on the surface of the bay.

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