It all felt a little different back in 1900. The remote town of Cue in Western Australia had a population of 10,000 and was the centre of the Murchinson goldfields rush. By 2016 it was a ghost town.
Today, the town is an important historical landmark. It's also geographically close to active gold mines around Meekatharra and Mount Magnet.
We were contracted to supply onsite reverse osmosis and desalination by a leading provider of remote accommodation for modular mining camps. Our client was preparing an existing caravan park for use, however was encountering an avoidably high rate of equipment issues due to elevated water hardness and a high TDS.
Untreated water was being used for drinking, showering, cooking, equipment supply and other domestic uses.
It was also discovered during initial investigations that circulation to all areas in the park was not consistent, due to varying distances from the water source.
The ideal solution was an Advanced Watertek brackish water desalination system. This was designed with two key elements:
Skid mounted brackish water reverse osmosis desalination unit
Dual pump fresh water booster system
Nominal Capacity: 10,000L/day
Raw Water TDS: 1000PPM
Expected Product TDS: >50PPM
Approx. Feed Flow Rate: 30.24L/min
Approx. Product Flow Rate: 7.56L/min
The system was designed and manufactured in-house, delivered and commissioned for the client on time and on budget. Commissioning was completed in a few hours by our staff without issue.
With an Advanced Watertek system installed, the client has been able to reduce equipment maintenance costs and also lower overall operational expenses at the site. In addition, the addition of the booster pumps has stabilised water circulation issues.
Treated water quality and flow rates met or exceeded client expectations. The system has continuously operated without issue since installation, and requires very little maintenance and chemical consumption.