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Road Dust Control

Innovative Dust Suppression Engineered for the Long Haul

Haul road dust control is a key requirement for mine sites transporting minerals to and from the facility. Road dust can cause serious health and environmental safety issues that impact visibility, traffic, and production speed, as well as the health and safety of mine personnel and the surrounding community. Many mines choose to use water sprays alone to suppress road dust, but the cost of treatment for this method is high, as the water only impacts the dust on the surface.

Nalco Water offers humectant, binder, and resin-based products to help control road dust. When applied properly, these programs can be more cost effective than using water trucks alone and reduce the frequency of treatment.

In the Spotlight – HAULAGE-DC™ Road Dust Control

In harsh conditions, 60% of water used for road dust control can be lost to evaporation and run-off. Nalco Water's HAULAGE-DC solution helps the water penetrate deep into the bulk solids to minimize evaporation, and does so quickly to avoid water run-off. When compared to the water-only dust control approach, HAULAGE-DC can significantly reduce the amount of water required for a dust control operation while providing stronger, more definitive dust suppression results. By implementing a HAULAGE-DC solution, Nalco Water can help you save water and cost while keeping the mine site and surrounding environment safe.

Road dust control success stories

Open Pit Haul Road and Trucks
Nalco Water's HAULAGE-DC™ Road Dust Control Helps Iron Ore Mine Reduce Dust, Fuel, and Water Use

A large iron ore operation experienced high-levels of dust and low visibility on haul roads during dry months.  The mine turned to Nalco Water to partner on a solution that would help them achieve better, safer results and reduce the cost of treatment compared to a water-only dust suppression approach. With the implementation of HAUALGE-DC dust control technology, Nalco Water helped the mine reduce the need for spray trucks by 77%, which saved significant water, energy, and cost, while still improving the condition of the treated road.  Download the case study below to learn more.