Water Management

Water Management

Water management is an essential aspect in mining and mineral processing. Water is used to transport ore and waste in the form of slurries and suspension, separate minerals, cooling, dust suppression, washing of equipment and site usage that includes human consumption. In recent years, global water shortage has been a serious problem resulting from climate change. Hence, managing water sustainably is critical for the mining industry.

Additionally, once the water is used to process minerals, it becomes contaminated and cannot be reused or directly discharged into the environment due to health concerns and environmental regulations. To safely return the water to the environment and reuse it in mineral processing, water needs to be treated properly. This can be done via filtration, gravity separation, disinfection, aeration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis and many more. Bore water is sometimes used in mineral processing but even that often requires treatment before it can be used.

METS has been involved in numerous projects relating to water treatment, water testing, wastewater management, and water audits. METS can undertake an extensive water balance to understand the output and input of water within a plant in order to optimise and conserve water usage.