Mike Deed is the author of an interesting article on Groundwater Asset Management in Mining that appeared in the December issue of Geodrilling International.
The article focuses on the importance of implementing a regular maintenance programme to control borehole contamination and keep systems running efficiently.
Mines rely heavily on groundwater sources and the quality, yield and flow rate of the extracted water have both operational and regulatory implications. The problem of mineral and bacterial contamination in groundwater sources can cause serious system failure, increase costs and have legal and environmental consequences.
A case study of the Telfer gold-copper mines in Australia forms part of the article and includes information on the results of Newcrest’s well-field management process and the difference using BoreSaver made to the efficient operation of their wells.