Industry Fact Sheet: Mining

Mining And Water

Mining companies are already increasing their collaboration with local communities to improve existing infrastructure, reduce costs, and monitor local water supplies alongside governmental entities. However, there is still much to do to streamline water usage across the industry.
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Mining and Real-time Monitoring Systems

MiningwaterfactsheetKETOS SHIELD provides accurate, real-time monitoring for environmental factors, heavy metals, nutrients, and other water-related parameters. Monitoring your water is straightforward via an interoperable system that uploads data to the cloud for 24/7 access. Companies using KETOS can easily plug it into existing systems and centralize water data. They can also sample water strategically across mining operations and simultaneously test for 30+ parameters using a multi parameter water quality sensor.

With a digital water solution like KETOS, mining companies can finally achieve water intelligence based on real-time data. Visualization of data helps water operators understand the quality of water in one glance and act on the fly based on automated reporting, threshold-based alerting, and predictive analysis. 

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  • mining and its reliance on testing
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  • how digital water approaches can transform mining’s relationship with water

How is Water Used in Mining?

Mining companies need water for various functions, including processing ore, extracting minerals, and general site operations. Typically, the most considerable demand for water in mining comes from the conveyance of ore and waste (via slurries or suspensions). Tailings disposal can require a significant amount of water.

The USGS estimates that 4 billion gallons of water are withdrawn for mining operations in the United States (2015) – 1% of the country’s water withdrawal. Of that total, 72% is sourced from groundwater.

The Quality of Water Matters to Mining Operations

When water drains from mines, it tends to be metal-rich and often contains sulfuric acid. Acid runoff can further dissolve more heavy metals (including copper, lead, and mercury) from surrounding rocks, and that runoff can severely impact local surface water and groundwater resources. 

Therefore, mines and mining operations must properly treat water before releasing it into the surrounding ecosystem. Mines that do not adequately treat water risk contaminating local water sources, which can severely impact local wildlife and nearby communities. 

The costs associated with environmental damage can be far-reaching and extremely expensive. That’s why mining facilities worldwide are seeking more effective ways to remediate water.

Water Quality Monitoring That’s Affordable and Efficient

Today’s water operators in mining no longer have to rely on expensive approaches to monitoring. Instead, through digital water transformation, monitoring water for mining takes less time, involves less manual labor, and puts less stress on an organization’s overall budget. 

KETOS, an automatic water quality monitoring system, integrates with existing infrastructure and automates processes. Everything is managed on-site via a water quality monitoring device so that companies can remove expensive third-party testing and hours of manual labor from their list of ongoing expenses. Extensive, transparent reporting also helps manage compliance, ensuring regulatory requirements and fewer fines.

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