Water is vital to the efficient operation of a mine. Water surplus or scarcity can severely limit mineral production. A secure water supply is critical to obtaining mining permits. Water usage and discharge quality can have major implications for neighboring communities. Untreated effluent, as well as contaminated surface water runoff and groundwater, can impact the environment and drinking water supplies.
Mines require a comprehensive water management plan. Without this they risk unexpected interruptions and cannot operate efficiently or sustainably. Yet, water management is traditionally confined to the mine site and only focuses on how water is used and moved around the mine. It typically relies on manual analysis and static models – despite mines being highly dynamic environments. The narrow, on-site focus ignores the fact that mines are part of a larger watershed with influence far beyond their boundaries.
An integrated water management strategy covers the entire mine life cycle in a watershed context. This provides a level of reliability unachievable with traditional approaches. We use physics-based modeling to evaluate the interactions between runoff, evapotranspiration and infiltration.
DHI can also centralize your water forecasts, monitoring and models into an integrated mine water platform. Site data can be processed in real-time for powerful insight into the mine water balance to reduce your costs while maintaining efficient operations.
Using real-time data, remote sensing, online monitoring and recognised numerical and physical modelling, DHI offers a realm of digital solutions to ensure your mine runs efficiently with minimal environmental impact.
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