Red River Resources

Charters Towers, Queensland

Rowater solved the problem of high salinity bore water at the Thalanga mine with a system for producing high purity, desalinated water for ore treatment and drinking.

The problem

The remote mine site sought a RO system that could desalinate bore water (utilising the four bores available at the mine). Once treated, the water was to be used for on-site accommodation and for also ore treatment.

The solution

In 2017 Rowater designed, fabricated and commissioned an RO system able to desalinate any of the four available bores with a TDS of approximately 1,000 ppm. The system is able to produce 30,000 L/day of product water and included additional pre-treatment processes for the removal of iron in the bore water with the RO product water remineralised to improve taste and to prevent corrosion of copper pipework.

Current status

The RO system, which is maintained cooperatively by Red River Resources and Rowater, continues to produce high quality potable water for the mine site.

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