Mining, fracking and smelting operations can have adverse effects on surrounding surface and ground water if protective measures are not taken. The various chemicals used in the process to extract compounds and metals from the ground can cause contamination. In addition, mining, fracking and smelting operations are water intensive; increasing the potential for chemicals and contaminants to enter into surrounding waterways and affecting aquatic ecosystems and overall water quality. Regulations have been put into place to monitor water discharged from mining, fracking and smelting operations.
Online monitors or offline analyzers can be used in mining, fracking and smelting operations to obtain real-time high frequency data on inorganic and trace metal contaminants prior to discharge; helping to ensure regulatory compliance.