Globally, water is being recognised as a vital resource for future prosperity and sustainability in any economy. Water management is not only the responsibility of government, users including agricultural, household consumers, industrial and mining need to help with other innovative ways to reduce their water usage.
Mining uses water primarily for mineral processing, dust suppression, slurry transport as well as for employees’ needs. In most mining operations, water is sought from groundwater, streams, retainment dams, rivers and lakes, or through commercial water service suppliers. In most cases, mine sites are in areas where water is already scarce and, understandably, local communities and authorities often oppose mines using water from these sources.
With the rise of Global warming, the water cycle is expected to undergo significant change, for instance, a warmer climate has a direct impact on water evaporation from both land and oceans.
As research has shown, climate change is likely to increase water demand while shrinking water supplies. This shifting balance would challenge water users to simultaneously meet the needs of growing communities, sensitive ecosystems, farmers, mining houses, energy producers, and manufacturers.
Dust-A-Side has diverse solutions that can contribute immensely in reducing water usage on mine haulage roads and dust suppression systems for material handling applications.
Some of the benefits that emanates from using Dust-A-Side for total dust management includes:
- Water savings in excess of 90% and 60% for roads and materials handling applications respectively
- More than 60% reduction in the water spraying fleet
- A sealed road surface requiring less watering enabling cost savings on the mine’s water bill
- The absence of dust brings health benefits for mine personnel and surrounding communities
- The binding, sealing and water proofing abilities of Dust-A-Side treated haul roads provides the mines with an all-weather haul road surface.
The inertness of binders (do not leach nor react) used by Dust-A-Side for haul roads dust management in the mining industry ensures that there is no impact to lithosphere and hydrosphere receiving environment.
“With the rise of Global warming, the water cycle is expected to undergo significant change, for instance, a warmer climate has a direct impact on water evaporation from both land and oceans.”
Dust-A-Side is well geared to partner with the mining industry globally and is open to engage all key stakeholders to look at solutions together that will alleviate the scarcity and sustainability of water and achieve a safe, healthy and dust free mining environment for the mining industries and the surrounding communities.
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