Maximize Natural Resources with These Tips for Mines and Quarries


Paired with a settling pond, washing systems like our Hydro-Clean can reduce water consumption by as much as 75 percent over traditional washing systems.

Water use restrictions and permitting challenges continue to increase, making it harder for operations to find ways to stay profitable while using fewer resources. As a result, aggregates and mining operations are moving toward new technology to conserve natural resources while increasing long-term savings and ROI. Here’s how:

Reduce Water Use

One way the industry has adapted to conserve water is through the use of settling ponds. Advanced washing systems, such as our Hydro-Clean, when paired with a settling pond, can reduce water consumption by as much as 75 percent over traditional washing systems. That allows operations to cut their water use and limit their water treatment requirements and necessary equipment. It also makes an advanced washing system more favorable as governments push aggregate producers to use new technology to meet new restrictions.

Plus, this new washing system can pump water at very high pressures — as high as 2,000 psi — through spray nozzles in a matter of seconds — at 211 gpm on our largest model. That’s a huge benefit to operations running under strict restrictions. Its high-pressure jets effectively remove fines and dirt from deep crevices, such as marine limestone or porous rock. The advanced washing system can be used to wash prescreened materials, which have small fines sticking to the larger particles. This is accomplished by washing the material initially and conducting a final rinse over a vibrating screen.

Cut Energy Consumptions

Producers can save as much as 15 percent in energy costs by switching to new washing systems. Part of this is due to the speed at which the new washers complete a cycle. On average, alternative washing methods, such as log washers, retain materials for three minutes or more while materials stay in a high-pressure washing drum for just seconds.

Salvage Waste Materials

Best of all, advanced washing systems can restore value from what might have previously been deemed waste — reducing your waste stream and breathing new life into vital resources, while putting more money in the producer’s pocket.

Looking for New Applications?

Looking for more ways to use resources wisely while decreasing operating costs and improving uptime? Let us know! We are always eager to help our customer’s increase product quality and value. Contact us today at [email protected] for more information.

Duncan High About Duncan High

Duncan High is the division manager of processing equipment technology at Haver & Boecker Canada. His 26 years of experience with the company, which was formerly called W.S. Tyler, helps him lead a team focused on providing customers processing equipment solutions to help them get the highest possible production rates and reliability. Reach him at +1-905-688-2644.