Severe West Coast drought driving US diatomite and calcined clay demand

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Thursday, 21 May 2015

The West Coast region of the US is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its modern history. Diatomaceous earth and calcined clay products, which increase the water retention of soils, are gathering interest for their potential to reduce water usage – something now mandated by state law.

Continuing drought conditions along the West Coast of the US are pushing up demand for diatomaceous earth (diatomite) and calcined clay products, according to Nevada-based EP Minerals LLC.

Around 55m people are currently affected by drought in the West Coast region according to the US Drought Monitor, a joint government and university...

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