A robust methodological approach for mine site water accounting

Woodley, A., Danoucaras, A. N., McCombe, C., Kunz, N. C. and Collins, N. (2013). A robust methodological approach for mine site water accounting. In: Water in Mining 2013: Proceedings. Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (335-341). 26-28 November, 2013.

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Author Woodley, A.
Danoucaras, A. N.
McCombe, C.
Kunz, N. C.
Collins, N.
Title of paper A robust methodological approach for mine site water accounting
Conference name Water in Mining 2013
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 26-28 November, 2013
Proceedings title Water in Mining 2013: Proceedings
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781925100006
Start page 335
End page 341
Total pages 7
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Over the past decade, the mining industry has come to recognise the importance of water both to itself and to others. Water accounting is a formalisation of this importance that quantifies and communicates how water is used by individual sites and the industry as a whole. While there are a number of different accounting frameworks that could be used within the industry, the Minerals Council of Australia’s (MCA) water accounting framework (WAF) is an industry-led approach that provides a consistent representation of mine site water interactions regardless of their operational, social or environmental context that allows for valid comparisons between sites and companies.

The WAF contains definitions of off-site water sources and destinations and on-site water use, a methodology for applying the definitions, and a set of metrics to measure site performance. The WAF is comprised of two models: the input-output model, which represents the interactions between sites and their surrounding community, and the operational model, which represents on-site water interactions.

Members of the MCA have recently adopted the WAF’s input-output model to report on their external water interactions in their Australian operations, with some adopting it on a global basis. To support this adoption, there is a need for companies to better understand how to implement the WAF in their own operations. Developing a water account is non-trivial, particularly for sites unfamiliar with the WAF or for sites with the need to represent unusual features. This work describes how to build a water account for a given site using the input-output model, with an emphasis on how to represent challenging situations.
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