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:: Applying Strategic Lens to Water Challenges in the Industry - A Scenario Approach Solution

The mining industry is experiencing a multitude of pressures: market pressure to expand due to an increasing demand for commodities; environmental constraints given that mining activities frequently take place in areas which are considered water-stressed; process intensity because of the decline of ore grades (which increases waste and hence water consumption); climate change impacts exacerbating existing water issues (flooding in water-rich areas and water shortage in arid and semi-arid regions); threats to water security (availability and quality) of water for competition with other domestic, industrial and agricultural users; and also community demands for companies to limit their impact on the local environment .

This strategic AMIRA project P1084 aims to understand and assess major water challenges affecting the industry providing the necessary data and analysis to initiate a step change in water efficiency. The project has a carefully selected global team with a wide range of expertise. CM Solutions is a global metallurgical consulting, design and training company. The Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (within the Sustainable Minerals Institute, at The University of Queensland) conducts research towards achieving sustainable water management in the mining industry, and develops key technologies for the measurement, monitoring and modelling of water in mining. Fundacion Chile’s SMART WATER program supports the mining industry in developing innovative solutions aimed at water efficiency, water quality and water management to deal with social and environmental challenges. The Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit (at The University of Witwatersrand) brings a history of industry experience and research to the project.


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