Competing Against Ourselves: BrineRefine Ousts RO in a Mining Project

A Full-Scale, Cost-Optimized, Targeted Ion Treatment Plant Ships to a USA Mining Client

September 21st 2020

Targeting Specific Ions: An IonSelect Solution

We’re extremely proud of our essential workers—engineering, production, and supply chain—who are doing an exemplary job keeping our factory running safely and with minimal disruption during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their efforts, we are delighted to announce the shipping of a full-scale BrineRefine treatment plant to a mining client, as part of our IonSelect solutions.


The BrineRefine plant is destined for a US mining site with a specific ion-of-concern problem. The client originally contacted us because of our ultra-high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) expertise, but we realized that a simpler, lower cost solution was a better fit for their treatment needs. Rather than treat all ions in the water as RO does, the BrineRefine plant targets specific ions-of-concern through our IonSelect solution set. The result is no RO-brine liquid waste to manage; instead, a very small mass of residuals is generated that can be easily handled on site. It also means lower capital and operating costs because the core problem is surgically targeted, as opposed to treating the entire flow.


Our IonSelect family of targeted solutions is not a fit for every project, but helps many operators to save considerable costs and fuss associated with brine management. Saltworks’ engineers are ready to run competitive assessments on all options and pilot test as needed, so that our customers can make informed decisions.

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Saltworks Engineer Operating the Full-Scale BrineRefine Plant
BrineRefine Chemical Softening System
Full-Scale Plant on the Saltworks Factory Floor

Engineering for Automation and Resilience

Saltworks has always been focused on designing sophisticated systems with robust controls. In these challenging times of distancing and disruption, we know that system resilience and low-maintenance reliability have become even more important in wastewater treatment. The BrineRefine plant—like all our solutions—is highly automated, with minimal need for human intervention or downtime.


Our history of packaging entire plants in ISO-size frames also helps our customers minimize site work. They place the pre-tested plant blocks, connect them, and then start them up with our support. Everything needed is built-in and on site contractor work is minimized.

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Packed for Shipping: BrineRefine Full-Scale Plant Frame 1 of 2

Reach Out to Us: We’re Ready to Engineer for Your Treatment Goals

Contact us to learn more about targeted, cost-effective treatment solutions with in-built automation. Are you a prospective or existing customer? Let us know if you are interested in a webinar, we would be delighted to discuss our wastewater treatment solutions with you and your team.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds, and operates full-scale treatment plants, and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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