Mine Water Management

SRK Consulting offers an integrated approach to mine water management, combining specialist expertise in hydrology/hydraulics/hydrogeology with geotechnical, environmental and mining skills. Our extensive experience in wet, arid and cold climates enables us to provide cost effective, practical solutions for your project.

Our integrated approach to mine water management enables regulatory compliance and cost savings through:

  • Conjunctive use of surface, groundwater and recycled water (a holistic integrated approach)
  • Collecting baseline surface and groundwater data from early in an exploration project, including borehole water levels and surface flows
  • Integrating each water component with the total mine water system
  • Understanding the total mine and site water balance, with climatic influences
  • Integrating the mine planning and operations with surface and groundwater management systems thereby minimising the amount of water passing through the mine and saving pumping/treatment costs and reducing nuisance
  • Understanding the potential/occurrence of acid drainage through production and closure and engineering problems out, before they arise
  • Understanding the needs for dewatering, identifying the hazard and selecting the most suitable water control system

Services

  • Baseline environmental studies
  • Hydrological and hydraulics studies linked to flood prediction
  • Integrated environmental planning
  • Water balance modelling
  • Waste characterisation and management
  • Water supply
  • Mine dewatering
  • Seepage control and contamination assessment
  • Quantitative contaminant fate modelling
  • ARD, water quality and geochemistry
  • Diversion structures, stormwater controls and spillways
  • Water treatment
  • Engineering design and procurement
  • Contract management and QA/QC
  • Permitting and Licensing

 

Contacts for this service

SRK Africa