December 2020
Volume 72    Issue 12

Managing process water delivery is key to maximizing productivity

Mining Engineering , 2020, Vol. 72, No. 12, pp. 28-28
Carriere, Marc; Johnstone, Wayne


Successful underground mining operations are predicated on using available water resources wisely. Mines around the world rely on these resources to keep operations productive and profitable. A reliable and stable supply of process water is essential; however, this is surprisingly
challenging to achieve.

From a simple cost/benefit perspective, there is no question that process water shortages affect the bottom line. In fact, poorly designed processwater management systems impact profits to the tune of millions of dollars per year when mine operations shut down. On a recent project, water shortages surrounding one nickel ore body cost the mine over $6 million/year in lost production. 

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