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Business Water Use in
The Mining Industry

Mining Water Management

Water is a huge factor in mining. It’s an integral concern both when found underground and in terms of potential local water pollution. Pumping water out and deciding where it goes whilst keeping it separate from local freshwater is paramount. Waste from mining has, in the past, been responsible for significant water pollution.

But in today’s environmentally-aware society, the governments in more developed nations put legislative pressure on mining activities to ensure they are very strict in their adherence to environmental protection.

The majority of water extraction in mining comes from groundwater reserves. It is important for the safety of the mine and environmental protection that this water is properly pumped out and put somewhere where it won’t affect the local ecosystem.

Water Usage In The Mining Industry

When it comes to groundwater or mine water, this is where rainwater seeps through various rock layers and collects in mining tunnels. This must be pumped out permanently to enable the mining of coal, minerals or metals and ensure miners’ safety.

Sustainability In The Mining Industry

The safe and efficient removal of mine water has been a concern since the advent of the industrial revolution. Displaced mine water is a potential environmental hazard, and it is also one of the key dangers to miners working underground.l.


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Sustainable Water Management In The Mining Sector

Castle Water are able to provide a wide variety of services to effectively manage mine water such as:

  • Reliable procurement of safe business water
  • Affordable rates for all types of businesses
  • Water audits to identify leaks and other issues
  • High-tech monitoring to report on volume and waste
  • The safe drainage of effluent from the site to the wider system

What Environmental Problems Can Mine Water Cause?

If mine water were to enter the public water system, it would pollute the reserves beyond use, and it might be difficult to stop the mine water from continuing to breach freshwater. Mine water doesn't only pose a threat to drinking water, but it can also kill off animals whose ecosystem is spoiled.

What Has The Mining Industry Done To Become More Sustainable?

The kinds of hazards mentioned above tend to be almost theoretical in modern mining in developed countries. It's also worth noting that mining operations have decreased significantly in Western nations, firstly due to foreign competition and then more recently due to environmental campaigns against fossil fuels. Indeed, no deep UK coal mines are left in operation, although the country still has some limited open cast mining.

How Is The Mining Industry Recycling Water?

Beyond the appropriate piping of mine water, it is possible to reuse it in many ways within water management. In some Western mining operations, mining effluent is filtered on-site, so it is suitable enough to be used for secondary purposes such as cleaning the pit surface and mining equipment. It may also be used to heat colliery buildings and the sanitation facilities found at pithead rests.

How Is Mine Water Processed In The Mining Industry?

Mine water is handled using large scale pumping units, sustainable water management, and pipes that carry mining water to a designated surface water area. This looks somewhat like how collieries use slurry transport within underground mining.

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Whichever sector you’re in, be it mining, matches, or mints, we’re your go-to supplier if you need water somewhere in the process. We procure safe, reliable business water for the UK, and we make sure that the water is clean when it’s drained back into the water cycle.

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