The Intelligent Miner

“Everybody should have access to sanitation and clean water, so it’s very important that mines manage their water use carefully,” Jim Spenceley, told me as we settled down to talk about water and its role in the mining industry’s future.

Water management in this context is a vast topic. So, in a bid to get a handle on the issues we are facing and some potential solutions, I turned to EPC firm, Black & Veatch.

Spenceley, who is senior vice president of the company’s mining division, put the matter into perspective. “Effective water management and use of that resource is critical, because often a mine’s impact on communities is directly related to how it manages water,” he said.

“If a mine manages its water well, its relationships with local communities are typically good. But a lot of disruptions around social licence to operate are centred around the relationship…

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