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Battling Iron Bacteria Contamination in Mining

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Courtesy of Geoquip Water Solutions

Published in the May issue of International Mining, this article focuses on the problem of iron bacteria contamination in the water supply for the Tiwest Mine at Cooljarloo, Australia.

Mines rely heavily on groundwater sources and the quality and flow of that water have both operational and regulatory implications. The problem of mineral and bacterial contamination in groundwater sources can cause serious system failure, increase costs and have legal consequences.

Mike Deed from Geoquip Water Solutions outlines the need for regular maintenance of water supply systems to control bacterial growth and keep systems running efficiently. He explains how BoreSaver, the approved range of specialist treatments for water supply systems contaminated with iron bacteria, iron oxide, manganese oxide and calcium carbonate deposits, can help in this maintenance process.