Water Management in Mining Press release

Friday 23rd March 2018
water management in mining

Polypipe, manufacturer of plastic piping systems, launches whitepaper to drive forward water management in mining 

By 2030, water demand is expected to exceed supply in Africa by 17%, according to a recent report released by the World Wildlife Fund. Therefore, the need for comprehensive water management solutions has never been more pressing. Africa has some of the driest and wettest landscapes on earth, experiencing floods and droughts on a regular basis. Cape Town, in particular, has recently lowered the water pressure in its mains to help stretch the water supply – but usage is still 86 million litres above its target goal.


In today’s environmentally-conscious and increasingly regulated world, water management strategies for mining can no longer be based on the operational need of the project alone. To address this issue, Polypipe, the UK’s largest and most innovative manufacturer of plastic piping systems, has released a whitepaper titled ‘Water Management in Mining’.  The whitepaper highlights the need for businesses to have a thorough pipework infrastructure in place in order to drive sustainability forward and preserve the environment. It also details out the differences between pressurised systems vs. HDPE gravity systems and the benefits of the use of plastic pipework systems.


Phillip Wood, International Business Development Manager at Polypipe, said: “The current global demand for water is at the level of 4,500 billion m³ a year and is expected to rise to 6,900 billion m³ by 2030. With this in mind, we felt there was no better time to launch our whitepaper to directly address the issues mining businesses face when it comes to water management, but more importantly, what actions businesses need to take.”


With a presence in more than 100 countries Polypipe has an international track record in delivering efficient and effective water management solutions to high-profile projects. Its water management solutions address many of the issues faced by mine operators – from transporting the pipes to remote sites easily and safely, to resisting degradation from the chemicals used in mineral extraction. A number of Polypipe’s product solutions for water management in mining applications have already been used in some of the toughest environments, including the PE100 system.


The PE100 system is a piping system manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It’s an ideal solution for a number of mining applications, including water delivery and distribution, processing, water treatment, as well as de-watering and storage. Due to its light weight, the carbon footprint from transportation is considerably smaller and consignments can be maximised, meaning that considerably more meterage can be loaded into one shipping container. In fact, in terms of total life cycle, it has been said that plastics can be considered as one of the most energy-efficient materials.


Phillip Wood at Polypipe, added: “At Polypipe, we understand the challenges faced by the mining industry and that water is a precious resource and of growing importance to mine operators worldwide. We believe our innovative infrastructure systems directly address the challenges that the industry faces and help deal with the pressures placed on urban environments and natural resources.”


To find out more about Polypipe and its thoughts on water management in mining, download the whitepaper here:


Polypipe is one of Europe's largest manufacturers of piping systems, water management solutions and energy-efficient ventilation systems, delivering engineered solutions spanning the residential, commercial, civils and infrastructure, and public non-housing sectors in the UK and selected markets across the globe.

For enquiries, please contact Rave Communications

Kate Sheehy, +44 (0) 1675 467 462, ksheehy@rave-communications.com


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