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Water Treatment Options - The Mining Application, Processes and Case Studies

Australia's record-breaking drought, efforts towards environmental best practice and the current commodities boom is demanding water use and reuse as never before. Mining practices, processing, the remote communities and support industries require vast amounts of specific quality water. Sustainability of water use has been a key factor in mine development, expansion of existing operations and increasing profitability of processes involving water._x000D_
Developments in water treatment technology have enabled the use of a range of processes to produce this water reliably at ever decreasing costs. This increasing acceptance of new technologies has seen seawater desalination, recycling of plant wastewater streams, municipal wastewater reuse and others to become commonplace. Processes including seawater and groundwater reverse osmosis (RO), low pH RO, thermal desalination, high rate clarification, brine water treatment, ion exchange and other advanced treatment technologies are now used as part of mining operations._x000D_
This paper surveys the trends in water treatment for the mining industry both in Australia and internationally with a review of technologies and case studies of operating plants. The key technologies are explained with an emphasis on the specific requirements for mining operations - unusual raw water, process and operations limitations, environmental concerns, as well as harsh climate. Case study information from several mining operations is included._x000D_
FORMAL CITATION:Madin, C, 2006. Water treatment options - the mining application, processes and case studies, in Proceedings Water in Mining 2006, pp 297-306 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).
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