Case Study: Algae in Mining

Mining operations and power stations use, store and re-use water. Blockages to screens and filters in pumping equipment pose a real threat and increased costs.  

The presence of algae in the stored water creates additional friction, which translates into increased energy costs in pumping. Experiments with algae fouled water have recorded as much as a 10% water flow reduction. When filamentous algae are present in the stored water, the reduction of water flow is even higher. 

It is possible to prevent algae blooms by applying algae prior to an anticipated bloom, for e.g. the onset of warmer weather.

Coptrol remains relatively active in stored water to minimise algal blooms, thus saving increased energy costs.

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