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Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

Water Processing for the Mining Industry

North America,
23563 W Main Street, IL Route,
United States of America

North America,
23563 W Main Street, IL Route,
United States of America

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies’ (VWS) understanding of the unique requirements of mine operations and associated processes enables us to provide specialized water systems and innovative technologies for the mining idustry. We offer tailor-made and cost-effective water management systems focusing on technical performance and compliance with process and environmental requirements, while meeting the most demanding reliability, safety, and quality standards of the mining industry. Our services range from treatability studies to conceptual design to design-build or turnkey contracts.

VWS offers a wide range of solutions to:

  • Improve productivity by treating available water for specific production process requirements, to optimize mineral production efficiency and stability
  • Manage environmental hazards by treating contaminated pond and underground mine water to remove heavy metals, arsenic, TDS and other contaminants for safe discharge into the environment
  • Treat contaminated water to optimize water balance and maximize reuse
  • Add value to the bottom line by treating and minimizing sludge streams, to remove and/or recover suspended and dissolved constituents
  • Provide high-quality drinking water and wastewater treatment even on remote mining sites

Acid mine drainage treatment systems

AMDRO™ technology is a reverse osmosis (RO) process for treatment of acid mine drainage. This technology is an ideal solution for meeting increasingly stringent requirements for reduction of total dissolved solids in discharges to the environment.

AMDRO technology significantly reduces the pre-treatment costs associated with chemicals and sludge disposal as compared to the conventional approach. The technology has low capital cost and incorporates effective scaling control to minimize the cleaning frequency for the RO membranes. Additional benefits of this desalination technology are high salt rejection and low maintenance requirements.

The patented process includes VWS’ proprietary ACTIFLO® clarification technology and media filtration for pre-treatment, followed by a double-pass RO and ion exchange polishing to produce a treated water stream suitable for discharge and reuse.

When conventional water treatment techniques for metals removal and pH adjustment are adequate to meet the discharge requirements, DenseSludge™, our proprietary sludge densification process, offers cost savings for the handling, dewatering and disposal of sludge. This process, proven in more than a dozen mining installations, reduces sludge volume in the clarifier by 90%, minimises flow to the mine pool for subsequent re-treatment (if this is the repository for the sludge), and lowers lime usage and its associated cost.

Separation and filtration technologies

VWS uses such technologies such as AutoJet® and Filtra-Matic® to clarify the pregnant liquor in gold and silver recovery circuits. This improves the efficiency of the Merrill Crowe process, which uses a sodium cyanide solution to dissolve the precious metals followed by precipitation of the dissolved ions on metallic zinc. Both technologies are very successful in filtering the aqueous/organic/fine clay that can ultimately cause major system upsets.

Excellent effluent quality and wastewater treatment

One of VWS’ newest technologies, AMDRO can help produce high-quality water with low pre-treatment costs. AMDRO is a proprietary treatment process for desalination of acidic wastewater with high concentrations of metals and calcium salts. By combining the proprietary ACTIFLO high-rate clarification process with filtration, reverse osmosis, and ion exchange, this unique technology generates high-quality effluent with minimum pre-treatment costs.

VWS also offers Hydrex™ a comprehensive range of water treatment chemicals. Hydrex offers proven formulations suitable for all types of water treatment and is suitable for environmental discharge or reuse.

Evaporation and crystallization systems

Crystallization systems have processed a wide variety of specialty metals such as vanadium, tungsten, lithium, and molybdenum. Evaporation and crystallization systems can also purify alumina from the refining of bauxite (Bayer process) and recover aluminium and product salts from aluminum dross.

About VWS

Through a strong team of business units, VWS has a worldwide presence in the mining industry. A broad geographical base has given us the expertise needed to resolve all water issues that the mining industry faces.

Mines and mineral processors need to operate efficiently and minimize downtime in their mining operations and concentrators. VWS can help operators ensure quantity and/or quality of water resources while at the same time controlling the environmental impact of their activities.

Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project, New South Wales

Heron Resources’ flagship Woodlawn Zinc-Copper project is located within the mining lease SML 20, approximately 11km from Tarago, 48km south of Goulburn, 70km north-east of Canberra, and 239km south-west of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Sal de Vida Project

Galaxy Resources' flagship Sal de Vida (salt of life) lithium and potash brine project is located approximately 390km from Salta City, within the Puna Region, which forms part of an area known as the Lithium Triangle in northwest Argentina, bordering Chile and Bolivia.

A1 Gold Project, Victoria

The A1 Gold Project is located within the mining licence MIN 5294, in the Walhalla-Woods Point Goldfield area, approximately 120km east-northeast of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

How to Improve Wastewater Management While Ensuring Environmental Compliance

Veolia and MWH are hosting a free one-day educational seminar on Wednesday, October 28 focused on the topics that matter most to the mining industry. Mining companies are cordially invited to meet with our water treatment experts to discuss in detail the wastewater issues you face on a regular basis.

ENDETEC Presents its KAPTA and TECTA Range at AWWA

The launch of ENDETEC, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies' (VWS) subsidiary and new global sensor platform, will be showcased at the annual convention of the American Water Works Association in Chicago, from 20 to 24 June 2010. During the event, ENDETEC will prelaunch its new st

John Meunier Celebrates 60th Anniversary In 2008

John Meunier, subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008. Little did John Meunier know, when he founded the company bearing his name in June 1948, that it would be celebrating 60 years of existence and grow to become an impo

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

North America

23563 W Main Street, IL Route


United States of America


Evaporation and Crystallization

St-Laurent, Quebec

Plainfield, IL 60544

23563 W Main Street, IL Route 126


United States of America

NA Water Systems

Acid Mine Drainage System

Airside Business Park

Moon Township, PA 15108

250 Airside Dr


United States of America

Whittier Filtrations

Separation and Filtration Technologies

315 N. Puente Street

Brea, CA 92821


United States of America

Crown Solutions

Water Treatment Chemicals and Water Management

945 South Bend School Road

Vandalia, OH 45377


United States of America

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Canada, Inc.

Clarification and Filtration Systems

2000 Argentia Road Plaza IV, Suite 430

L5N 1W1

Mississauga, ON