MMK to Stop Dumping Manufacturing Water by 2025

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, December 3, 2019. Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) representative gave a talk on the plant's green projects to reduce the negative impact on Magnitogorsk Reservoir and local rivers during the latest meeting of the Ural River Rehabilitation Coordination Council, MMK's Information & PR Department reports.

According to manager at MMK's Environmental Protection Lab Alexander Levashov, the plant's management is making every effort to reduce the business's negative impact on the water bodies. In 2015, MMK adopted an environmental protection strategy that aims to have the plant stop dumping manufacturing water in the local rivers and ponds by 2025.

'The first step (already implemented) is putting up an additional water reservoir for the plant's production needs and a hydro-tech facility with culvert appliances and monitoring stations. The dam in question is 2.5 km long and 7m high on average; the reservoir is 1.3m m2 large and fit for 9.5m m3 of water a year. The entire thing cost RUB 580m to build. Next, MMK stopped dumping manufacturing water in the Ural River in November 2018, switching to a re-circulation system. Based on MMK's Water Control Lab's findings, the quality of water in the river improved considerably and is expected to reach the normative requirements by the end of the year. The next stage is to introduce the wild carp into the river in four stages. 800,000 young carps will get released into the river altogether. So far, we've already placed a half of the fish there in two stages. Finally, a thousand young willow trees and lilac shrubs have been planted on the dam,' MMK says.

According to Levashov, the dumping of quarry water into the local rivers is yet another problem. MMK runs a dolomite quarry and a limestone one, both of which dump their wastewater into the Sukhaya River and the Ural River, respectively. In 2019, the plant started working on redirecting the water from the dolomite quarry to Slurry Storage 2. A 3.5-km pipeline is needed, as well as a pumping stations. The quarry water will then all go to the slurry storage site for further reuse, and no manufacturing water will end up in the Sukhaya River. This project will cost RUB 98m to complete.


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