Mine Waste Transformed to Tap Water for 80,000 Consumers

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'Anglo American Plc (AAL)was the first company to transform the wastewater from its coal mines into something 80,000 people drink. Now they're seen as a model.

Purifying contaminated waters from three sites in South Africa has proven so successful that Anglo's plant in Witbank is doubling in size and being replicated elsewhere in the country byBHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), the biggest mining company, andGlencore Xstrata Plc. (GLEN)

While the $130 million plant won't upend the $600 billion world water industry, Anglo's treatment center provides as much as 12 percent of the area's municipal drinking supply and serves as a template for how the industry could treat waste in the future. It also shows how companies and municipalities are finding new ways to confront an increasingly water-stressed planet.'

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