Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry

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The water related challenges that the mining and gas industries face span operational, social and environmental considerations. CWiMI’s research falls within two groups to address these considerations. The Regional Water & Land Resources Group (Professor Neil McIntyre) has two main Areas of activity: 1). Mine Site Hydrology & Water Balance aims to optimise the management of water during mine operations and over planning time-scales; 2). Regional Water Resources covers the knowledge and tools needed to quantify the risks and opportunities that mine projects create for regional water users, including the links between water and economic and ecological systems. The Water Management & Accounting Group (Sue Vink) provides pragmatic solutions to the multifaceted issues associated with water management in the resource sector. The group conducts multidisciplinary research, builds knowledge and develops tools and frameworks required to tackle the integrated water management issues of industry; and develop innovative systems to better communicate science and bring together disparate datasets that can be explored in publically accessible forms.

The water related challenges that the mining and gas industries face span operational, social and environmental considerations. CWiMI’s research falls within four themes to address these considerations.


Water Management

CWiMI has pioneered approaches that promote efficiency, transparency, reduced costs, and lower risks for mine water management. CWiMI promotes sustainable water management to help the minerals industry secure enough water for production and operate in appropriate locations, whilst minimising negative environmental impacts and maintaining a social licence to operate.

Hydrology and Hydrogeology

CWiMI is helping the mining and gas industries effectively manage their water interactions. CWiMI’s goal is to accurately quantify and advise on surface and subsurface hydrological risks that can affect mine and gas operations.

Hydrochemistry and Aquatic Ecology

CWiMI is helping the mining and gas industries achieve effective management of water and protection of freshwater ecosystems. CWiMI’s goal is to understand water quantity and quality interactions in surface and ground water systems to promote ecologically sustainable development and to provide expert advice on catchment water management.

Society and Water

Water is society’s most precious resource. It is vital for human existence and often has a social value that is difficult to measure. CWiMI, working with SMI’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, creates the capability for the mining and gas industries to incorporate social considerations into its water management practices.