Poor Water Quality – Occupational Health Hazard

Nanotech has the solution for treating raw water to the desired potable quality, as required by legislation. The African market requires a robust, reliable and easy to operate solution with market related capital expenditure.

People in the mining industry are continually exposed to potentially harmful toxins – one of the sources being poor quality water. Large-scale resource extraction projects can have a disastrous impact on resources – including contamination of ground and surface water

According to the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996, Occupational hygiene focuses on the anticipated, recognition, evaluation and control of mine conditions that cause illness or adverse health. The quality of water in mines has proved to be not particularly great – as was the case in Mpumalanga, Carolina, were we saw acid mine water contaminate the towns municipal drinking water, leaving the Silobela community without drinking water for weeks.

Some of the most common illnesses and diseases classified as contaminants found in water include Cholera, Gastroenteritis (Stomach Bug), Typhoid Fever, Amoebic Dysentery, Cryptosporidiosis, Giardiasis, Shigellosis and E.coli.

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E.coli Bacteria

All the above could have a significant impact on the overall productivity for mining operations, and for that reason, it becomes fundamental to focus on employee wellness as an essential component of mining business strategies. Physical illness in many instances has resulted in what researchers refer to as “days out of role”: this naturally impacting productivity. Researchers have estimated that South African businesses lose as much as 17% of their payroll annually due to “days out of role”, therefore affecting national competitiveness.

It’s critically important that mining operations avert health issues that may prevail because of poor quality water.  Proper corporate accountability is necessary to ensure that there is an adequate balance between economic development and the well-being of people and the environment. Now more than ever, special measures are needed to care for and manage this critical resource.

Nanotech designs, manufactures and installs Containerised Potable Water Purification Systems that accommodate various water sources and producing high quality water. These plants are constructed in shipping containers with the necessary modifications done to perform multiple functions: some of which include – Sand and Carbon Filters, Disinfection, Water Storage and Reverse Osmosis (RO).

Some of the mining operations we have serviced are spread out across locations in Africa: namely the DRC, Lesotho, Guinea, Ghana, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. With flow ranging from 3.5 m³/h – 160 m³/day we have made use of various technologies to assist the client in supplying high quality potable water to its staff, and clean water to the mining camps or villages.

Depending on the quality of the water – a combination of either Activated Carbon (AC) Filtration, Iron Removal Unit, Sand Filtration or clarifiers are used for the removal of organics, suspended and colloided material and solids. Where the feed water source contains dissolved contaminants, Reverse Osmosis is employed.

Nanotech has the solution for treating raw water to the desired potable quality, as required by legislation. The African market requires a robust, reliable and easy to operate solution with market related capital expenditure. For this reason, Nanotech has developed and improved well packaged systems, using conventional technologies.

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There is no question that mining staff are threatened daily on duty by their working environment – poor water quality doesn’t have to be an issue any longer: Nanotech has the Solution. Contact us today to manage your potable water quality so you can focus on your core business.