Dewatering – Emergency Response to Avoid Flooding in Open Pit Mine
Faced with a failing submersible system in combination with the spring thaw, a senior design engineer for a mine in northern Ontario contacted Aquatech in search of an emergency mine dewatering system to fight off a prospective site flood. Aquatech took immediate action, designing a dewatering system that would pump at three separate locations throughout the mine using the client’s HDPE pipelines. The system designs were quickly approved and an order was placed for five 150mm high head self-priming centrifugal pump and one 300mm self-priming centrifugal pump – equipment that is all designed to operate between 120’ and 300’ Total Dynamic Head (TDH) with 15’-20’ suction lifts. However, the client could not arrange trucking to their site, but Aquatech managed to source the necessary transportation and all the equipment was onsite by the following morning. Aquatech managed to deal with the immediate site needs and has since filled orders for a number of dewatering systems for the client. In fact, the client was so impressed with the results; they purchased one of the initial pumps sent to the site.