An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector – improving water quality and worker satisfaction, cutting costs and spurring improved environmental performance by slashing the need for costly single-use plastic bottles.
“Unique hydration stations from Bluewater offer tangible benefits to mining operators where providing drinking water can be logistically challenging and costly,” says water purification company Bluewater Africa operations director James Steere.
The provision of clean drinking water can account for as much as 10% of the catering costs for mining operations, adds accommodation, catering and camp management solutions provider FreshCamp Services MD Andrew Cooper, who has 20 years of experience in logistics, site mobilisation and day-to-day contractor village management.
Bluewater has been piloting its revolutionary mobile water trailer and an add-on micro water purification plant since late 2018.
A single Bluewater Trailer can purify and dispense up to 2 000 ℓ of drinking water on site a day.
The trailer’s compact design allows for multiple water points to be established around an operating site and the mobility allows for on- or off-site centralised water purification.
Steere explains that where multiple trailers are required, Bluewater has developed a small treatment plant at which trailers can refill before delivery to teams, effectively creating a highly efficient hub-and-spoke treatment and delivery process.
The treatment plant uses a patented SuperiorOsmosis purification technology and requires a 5 m × 5 m area to set up and operate.
The technology can even generate safe drinking water from normally tough-to-purify brackish or borehole water.