All mines need an effective water management strategy to reduce freshwater consumption and minimise effluents.
The mining sector is Australia’s second largest industry (8.8% GVA), contributing $152 billion to the economy and employing 223,000 people.
Australia’s mines are world-class and owned by some of the largest companies across the globe. They produce raw materials and resources essential to the development of modern society.
Regardless of resource – iron ore, coal, copper, gold, uranium – all mines deal with water; whether it’s from the ground, excess rainfall, or effluents produced from refining.
Over the coming weeks, Westwood Water will investigate important aspects of mine water and effluent treatment in a five-part series: