A skid-mounted portable water reclamation plant invented by a new Queensland utilities provider is creating interest with mining companies.
According to EcoNova , its systems are now installed at a number of mine sites to handle wastewater produced from workers accommodation, crib huts or clean-in/ clean-out facilities.
Xstrata at Mt Isa has bought one of the units, now being produced commercially at EcoNova’s new Nambour factory.
Because of the modular nature and compact size of the systems, they are easily transported in kit form ready for site installation and are well suited for remote locations. In addition, EcoNova produces ready-to-go, plug-and-play skid mounted units.
The units are craned into position from a truck, plugged into the sewer and electrical supply and ready to start, converting the incoming wastewater into recycled effluent.
According to Econova, the effluent water is usually used for dust suppression or irrigation of re-vegetated areas at mine sites.
Along with treating the black and grey wastewater, EcoNova systems can also cater for other waste streams such as plant or vehicle wash down water or process wastewater at mining operations.
According to Head of Sustainable Technologies at the University of Queensland Dr Bill Clark, EcoNova is using the world’s advanced system of wastewater and solid organic waste treatment, reclaiming water to six star Class A +++ standard.