Many regions across Australia are enduring extreme drought conditions unprecedented in living memory. Regional communities are facing potentially catastrophic water shortages with many towns facing a “Day Zero” where water ceases to be available.
Mining operations require access to water as a critical input. Many sites are utilising urgent water efficiency plans and implementing new technologies as a key part of their business continuity planning.
This important industry event will bring together mine management executives from across Australia to share experiences, tips and strategies on how their operations are minimising water usage, optimising recycling and developing key learnings on what additional strategies can be implemented to ensure operations continue through extreme drought conditions.
Join us for a comprehensive two-day forum as we hear from frontline site executives, water infrastructure officials, government and many more as we work together to chart a course through these extreme environmental conditions.
Just some of the topics to be covered include:
- Case studies on how specific mines are managing their operations in this time of water scarcity
- An analysis of water saving measures from various mining regions in the Central West, Hunter Valley and interstate
- Case studies on how some mining operations are partnering with local government to provide townships access to water
- Strategies for the future if the drought continues – options for desalination plants, new pipeline construction to interconnect regions with new supplies of water
- Utilising rail haulage to transport water and secure new supplies
- Comprehensive review of new water saving technologies that can be rolled out
- Waste water recycling strategies
- Exploration for new groundwater supplies, and how this can be integrated into mining operations
- Dust suppression alternatives
- Undertaking the challenge of mine site rehabilitation during drought
- Water trading and its role
NSW Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator, Cross-Border Commissioner, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Global Practice Lead Hydrology and Water, BHP
Group Chief Executive Officer & President, Waterfind
Manager, Mineral Resource Assessment, Geological Survey of NSW
Group Environment Manager, Aurelia Metals
Dr Wendy Timms
Professor of Environmental Engineering, Deakin University