Water quality assessment is important for the duration of mining and infrastructure projects, from scoping and feasibility stages to mine closure.
Our teams of specialists are experienced in a wide range of mining and process scenarios, including varied climatic and regulatory environments. We advise clients on mine and potable water supply, process water quality, environmental and social impact assessment, mine geochemistry and acid rock drainage (ARD), and water treatment. Our approach is pragmatic, thorough, and focused on solving even intractable water quality issues.
How to predict and minimize the effects of mining on water quality
Groundwater flow in crystalline rock environments with poorly developed or unsaturated saprolite is dominated by fracture flow, whether this be within the upper weathered/fractured zone or deeper in the bedrock where structural discontinuities are present.Learn More
Working with SRK Consulting colleagues in Vancouver, Canada, SRK Consulting’s office in Cape Town has recently conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a mining client in South America to find an environmentally sustainable solution for managing brine emanating from mine tailings.Learn More
Some years ago, I was visiting a Client at a large operational mine where the subject of field investigation requirements to support a slope optimisation study was being discussed.Learn More
During the last several decades, global climate change (GCC) has emerged as a key driver of environmental processes.Learn More
The capital and operating costs of mine dewatering can be appear negligible when combined with the overall project economics of the feasibility study (FS). However, groundwater issues can quickly become relevant, particularly in difficult permitting arenas where stakeholders are experienced and bound by thoughtfully crafted regulations.Learn More