Mine tailings, coal sludge, and other materials can be managed and handled cost-effectively with Geotube® dewatering technology. Because Geotube® containers can be custom-sized to the application, they can be placed in available space between other structures, and removed once dewatering is complete. Geotube® dewatering technology is a cost effective alternative to mechanical processes. It reduces disposal cost by consolidating higher solids with very little maintenance. Effluent can be pumped directly from the process; or if a clarifier/thickener is used, effluent from the underflow can be diverted through the Geotube® container, eliminating the requirement for an expensive mechanical dewatering device. Geotube® units can be used to capture fines, silts, and clays from the tailings effluent prior to discharge into the ponds or directly into streams. Geotube® units will separate and dewater the fines and allow disposal without expensive dredging and transporting operations. In some cases, conditioners or polymers are used to promote flocculation to improve solids retention and filtrate quality. Geotube® containers can also be used to utilize the fines to build dikes and containment berms.
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Polymer feed unit used inside a mine.