Effective and efficient water management is a key aspect of all mining operations and is often the single most important consideration for developing an environmentally safe and sustainable mining project.
Our specialists have designed water management systems for mining projects all over the world, from rainforests to deserts to permafrost conditions. Our site-specific water management plans combine a thorough understanding of the site-specific hydrometeorology, surface water hydrology, groundwater, waste characterization, and the various aspects of the overall mine development including heap leach pads, tailings and waste rock management systems.
We utilize probabilistic modelling when appropriate to ensure that all extreme scenarios can be identified and addressed in order to meet sustainability objectives, and in providing flow estimates to support engineering design and environmental studies. Furthermore, where appropriate, we consider the effects of possible future climate change conditions.
Groundwater considerations are critical for our clients in the mining industry. Our experienced hydrogeology teams undertake groundwater studies through all phases of mine development to support engineering design and environmental assessment applications. We are committed to developing cost-effective approaches to managing groundwater quality and quantity and minimizing potential groundwater impacts.