3 Ways AI is Shaping Water Use in the Mining Industry

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July 10, 2020

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Over the last century, mining has developed considerably as an industryWe are no longer mining with manual labor, collecting essential resources using an oil lantern, and pickaxe.  Modern mines are now advanced, machine-intensive ecosystems that bring heavy machinery and computer technology to those who need to operate them. 

Modern mines have not only made the job easier for human workers, but they are also enabling new efficiencies in many different mining operations. One example of this is the efficient use of water at mines enabled by artificial intelligence (AI). The following are 3 ways AI is shaping water use in the mining industry. 

1. Reducing Energy in Water/Wastewater Treatment Leading To Lowered OPEX  

Treatment of wastewater is a significant step in reducing pollutants and in promoting the quality of the water ecosystem. The nature of the natural settings, influent shock and wastewater treatment technologies contribute to confusion and variability in the treatment systemSuch uncertainties contribute to variations in the quality and operational costs of effluent water, as well as the ecological risk of the recipient waters. 

Artificial intelligence can be an effective method to mitigate these uncertainties and risks associated with the handling of wastewaterAdditionally, it can optimize power usage to reduce the cost of running energy intensive assets such as pumps, blowers and aerators at mines. It also helps improve water management in mining through system controls, greater sensor integration, real-time analytics, and two-way communication.  

AI-enabled devices at mining sites are helping mining companies worldwide reduce energy usage in water and wastewater treatment. In fact, AI can help save up to 30 percent on operational expenditures (OPEX) through reduced energy usage, optimized chemical dosing, and proactive maintenance of assets.  

2. Optimizing Chemical Dosing In Water/Wastewater Treatment to Reduce Costs  

Improper dosing results in excessive chemical costs and premature wear of the equipment The good news is that, by implementing AI, mines can monitor chemical dosing in water/wastewater, maximize %NTU removal, and make on-site or remote dosage changes Another way AI helps is by optimizing your chemical dosing setpoints. Ultimately, this helps to reduce the cost of mining operations. 

3. Ensuring Operational and Regulatory Compliance Limits Are Met In Water/Wastewater Treatment  

The third and final way in which AI is shaping water management in mining is by ensuring that operational and regulatory compliance limits are met in water and wastewater treatment at mining sites. Artificial intelligence (AI) does this by maintaining operational constraints and ensuring that your water and wastewater treatment does not stray outside of compliance limits. 


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Innovyze, we can enhance the efficiency of your water and wastewater treatment processes through AI-enabled technologies that not only facilitate water conservation in mining but also enhance mining water management performance to ensure sustainable mining operations. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you.  

 

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