7 Ways the Mining Industry can Improve Water Efficiency

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June 26, 2020

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Water is a basic necessity of life. Whether it is sourced from underneath the ground or other sources of water, the access to and availability of high-quality water in the right quantity is vital and needed worldwide. All of us are equally responsible for ensuring this. 

In mining, water is primarily used to transport slurry, suppress dust, process minerals, and meet the needs of onsite workersOwing to several different reasons, excessive consumption of water is seen at mining sites across the globe.  

With water experts warning of a severe global water crisis. if current habits of consumption do not change, efficient management of water within the mining industry has become essential Here are 7 ways the mining industry can improve water efficiency. 

1. Evaluate Opportunities for Energy and Chemical Optimization  

One of the first and foremost ways to improve water efficiency in the mining industry is evaluating opportunities for energy and chemical optimization. What does this mean? It means that you need to find out if there is a possibility to lower the energy usage by water resources at mines such as aerators, blowers, and pumps, and optimize the chemical dosing setpoints for water and wastewater treatment.  

2. Ensure Compliance by Optimizing Chemical Dosage in the Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes 

After you have evaluated opportunities for energy and chemical optimization, the next step would be to ensure compliance by optimizing chemical dosage in the water/wastewater treatment process. You can do this with the use of AI that optimizes your chemical dosage setpoints without straying within the bounds of the compliance limits.  

3. Leverage AI to Reduce Energy in Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes to Lower Water Related Costs 

In addition to optimizing your chemical dosage setpoints, AI can reduce energy in water/wastewater treatment processes to save on water related costs. Installing an AI system at the mining site that allows you to monitor the water assets remotely for energy consumption will allow you to monitor your water assets remotely and optimize their use, ensuring reduced energy consumption and savings.  

4. Ensure Your Wastewater Treatment Processes Are Reusing As Much Water as Possible  

It is important to make sure that your wastewater processes are reusing as much water as possible. If you have not optimized water usage for wastewater treatment processes, you cannot realistically expect to achieve water efficiency at your mining site.  

5. Leverage Your Historical Data to Enable AI to Help Optimize Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes  

AI makes predictions based on what has occurred in the past. So, if you’re looking to optimize water and wastewater treatment processes at mining sites, then you must provide AI past data related to that so it can learn from that data and make predictions based on it.  

6. Ensure Your Wastewater Treatment Process Is Leveraging AI to Optimize Water for Reuse  

AI-enabled mining treatment technologies allow operators to recirculate process water to minimize water intake, tailing storage, and effluent discharge volumes. By enabling intelligent water and wastewater operations, you can save up to 30% on operational expenditures (OPEX) while saving water for future use.  

7. Increase Water Reuse by Optimizing Membrane Downtime and Recovery  

The seventh and final way the mining industry can improve mining efficiency is by optimizing membrane downtime and recovery to increase the reuse of water. AI can help do this by enabling membrane recovery optimization, membrane cleaning scheduling, and filtration optimization. 

 

At Innovyze, we make water management in mining a breeze 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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