Taking on water

Donna Schmidt takes a look at the elements of effective water management programmes at mine sites

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The eMalahleni water reclamation project was a joint venture between mining companies and the local eMalahleni municipality in South Africa. Photo: Golder

Simply put, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for water management issues. Every mine type and size has different needs, and a surface mine working in a desert region with minimal water sources has an entirely different spectrum of considerations to address than an underground operation working in a region that receives its yearly rainfall total in metres rather than centimetres.

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