SAIMM Water 2017 Conference
The Southern African Institure of Mining and Metalllurgy
Mine Metallurgical Managers Association is proud to host the …
“lifeblood of the mining industry”
10–11 July 2017
Emperors Palace, Hotel Casino | Convention Resort Johannesburg
The mining industry is faced with a number of challenges regarding the use, recycling and management of their water
resources. Some affected parties are unaware that the legislation around the use of water has become more onerous
and strict controls have been put in place. This includes the requirements for the application of water use licences.
The scarcity of water in the Southern African region is a fact and the availability of water is a major consideration in the
development of mining ventures across the sub-continent. The water authorities throughout the region have developed
strategies to address the needs of the mines and their surrounding communities.
Acid Mine Drainage has been a reality for quite some time and with the “closure” of mines on the Witwatersrand it has
become a major issue for communities in Gauteng. A number of initiatives have been put in place to address the challenge
and the enormity of the task has taken many by surprise.
The use of fresh water alone is no longer an option and users have to consider alternatives in the treatment and recycling of water. Major advances have been made in the processing of water yet these options have not been shared with the engineers on the mines.