Revealing best practices and innovative solutions for cost-effective, sustainable water management in resource projects

The 3rd Annual Water in Mining Summit will bring together water experts from across the resources industry as well as government regulators and industry consultants to discuss new technologies, innovative solutions and successful strategies for managing water at mine sites.

As water management continues to be a critical matter in Australian mining, over 150 companies are expected to attend to network and learn unique new solutions and technologies to improve the way they handle water in mining.

The case study-led program will highlight new techniques and best practices for dewatering, water treatment, sustainable re-use of water, mine pit lake and tailings management, and the latest modelling tools and assessment frameworks to monitor the water quality and quantity at your projects.

In addition to relevant case studies from Australia, the conference will also feature international case studies to offer you access to valuable expertise and perspectives from across the mine water management community.

The event provides a timely opportunity to discuss key stakeholder issues and enables you to network with industry peers. Our panel of international industry experts and local regulators will provide answers to the questions you are dealing with on a daily basis and offer practical solutions that will help you to implement cost-effective and sustainable water management plans.


Leading water management experts & regulators included:

Garth Walter
Manager Ground Control and Water, Integrated Operations Mines, Iron Ore
BHP Billiton
Peta Barnes
Manager – Services, Group Project Management
BHP Billiton
Dr Weixi (James) Zhan
Civil Engineer/Hydrologist
Rio Tinto
Rynhard Kok
Regional Manager Sustainability – Systems and Services, Sustainability & External Relations
Chris Loveday
Manager Environmental Services – Mining
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland
Paul Brown
Executive Director, Regional Delivery & Regulation
Department of Water, Western Australia

>> View the list of confirmed speakers


What’s new in 2014?

  • International case studies from South African mining – Gold One International
  • Regulators from key states providing updates on relevant state regulation
  • Technology and solutions showcase to highlight new innovations in water management
  • Case studies from both within Australia and internationally
  • Deeper focus on sustainability and economically viable water management solutions
  • Abundant networking opportunities with relevant industry figures

A selection of agenda topics include:

  • Updates on government regulations relating to water management and environmental approvals
  • Integrated and sustainable water management throughout the lifecycle of a mine
  • Accurately predicting seasonal fluctuations in water supply to avoid excess flooding and mine downtime along with mine water inflows
  • Groundwater modelling and use in understanding and predicting hydrogeological systems
  • Underground and open pit mining water hazard control
  • Mine water contamination and de-leaching
  • Viewing mine water as resource and not a problem
  • Monitoring & measuring groundwater quality
  • Dewatering: Solutions and ways to control costs of mine dewatering
  • Managing aquifer recharge
  • Tailings management: Monitoring tailings dams and managing acid mine drainage



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