Mine Waters and Effluents, Part 1 – Common Sources

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.

Data Source: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)


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: