Accurate water-balance planning over the life of the mine, and reduction of overall water consumption, are critical to a mine’s success. This paper presents a technology for sealing slurry and process pumps that is proven to save millions of gallons of water per pump per year, while also increasing the MTBR (Mean Time Between Repairs) of the equipment with an ROI (Return on Investment) that is typically 6 months or less. Four case histories from global mining installations are presented which demonstrate:
- Elimination of 154 million gallons of wasted water per year,
- Savings of $30 million per year of product losses,
- Increased plant availability through elimination of 28 pump repairs, and
- Three-week ROI for a seal upgrade.