Mine Drainage Solution: a Small Scale System for South Africa “MINDS: 4SA”

dutch-water-sector-logoMining has been a booming business in South Africa for the last 150 years. After closing of the mines, the mine shaft areas suffered from frequent flooding which polluted both surface and groundwater with chemicals, iron, various metals, radioactive materials, etc. This problem is referred to as acid mine drainage (AMD). Unlike the population in urban areas, the rural population in for example the agricultural sector currently lack adequate water filtration systems due to the high costs of certain systems. Therefore, rural population is forced to use polluted water for consumption, sanitation, agricultural etc. which has resulted in serious health problems.

The goal of the project is to provide a complete solution for filtering drinking and agriculture water in rural South-Africa in a cost-efficient and effective way. An innovative concept will be implemented which is able to filter the polluted drinking and irrigation water, resulting in a decrease of health problems.

The consortium is providing a complete solution for two pilot locations which have been looking for: a cost-efficient, easy to install (plug and play) water filtration system that is able to effectively filter biological and chemical contaminants in waste water while retaining sufficient essential minerals. The system is combining standard (passive and active) filter techniques with high pressure Nano membrane filters which are easy to replace and are patented. The Nano fibers have a relatively large surface area which allows for a higher absorption rate of various constituents for improving water quality, a higher acid/basic and temperature resistance, environmental friendliness, and longer membrane life span and flexibility which enables the membrane to be formed into various membrane modules for larger commercial application.

Deliverables

  • Water analysis and identification: Complete analysis report of the water composition and technical requirements
  • Technical and commercial analysis: Complete analysis report of the technical solution and market approach
  • Testing and verification: Report on the test results and usability
  • Evaluation: Conclusions, project evaluation and final report

Goals

Common goal of this project: “to provide a complete solution for filtering drinking and irrigation water in rural South-Africa in a cost-efficient and effective way.” In addition, the following ambitions have been expressed:

  • To improve the sustainable Dutch-South African cooperation in the field of water treatment;
  • To prevent health problems for the South African population;
  • To scale up the project in other South African sectors and to apply the complete solution in other similar (southern) African regions.

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