Dust suppression pumps

Above: A mist cannon on a quarry (no sound) 

The creation of dust when quarrying, processing and transporting aggregates is more than just a nuisance.

Dust is a health hazard to workers at the quarry and to the neighbouring community. Dusts, regardless of what they contain, have recently been identified as possible causes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The Health and Safety Executive are beginning to clamp down on any activities which create dust and require quarry operators to install and maintain effective dust suppression systems to prevent the problem. 

Typical activities which create dust include: 

  • Blasting
  • Crushing
  • Screening 
  • Haul roads
  • Storage yards
  • Asphalt plants

Dust suppression systems can come in many different forms depending on the site location, surface area to be covered and the type of processing undertaken.

Atlantic Pumps are able to specify and supply many different types of pump for powering suppression systems. These include high pressure pumps and water transfer pumps for moving water around the site. 

Recycling Water for Dust Suppression

Water for dust suppression has traditionally had to come from either the public water supply at a wasteful cost or abstracted from a nearby watercourse, under licence from the regional environmental protection body.

Now, with EnviroHub’s water treatment modules, sites are using recycled run-off yard water for their dust suppression system. This not only conserves fresh water supplies but also reduces the need for water discharge - again with its environmental management and licensing requirements.

Read a case study on one of our recycled water dust suppression systems working at a major asphalt and aggregates distribution yard in Banbury, UK.


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White Paper

Dust Suppression for Quarry Operators

Bill Noakes of Atlantic Pumps discusses the problems caused by airborne dust to quarry operators, an area increasingly being focussed on by the H.S.E, and looks at some of the solutions available.

Download your FREE copy to learn more.