The utility of a systems approach for managing strategic water risks at a mine site level

Kunz, N. C. and Moran, C. J. (2016) The utility of a systems approach for managing strategic water risks at a mine site level. Water Resources and Industry, 13 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.wri.2016.02.001


Author Kunz, N. C.
Moran, C. J.
Title The utility of a systems approach for managing strategic water risks at a mine site level
Journal name Water Resources and Industry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-3717
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.wri.2016.02.001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Mining operations increasingly encounter two water-related risks: (1) Dryness – having insufficient water to meet production needs; and (2) Wetness – having too much water leading to discharge during high rainfall events. Water accounts and dynamic systems models have been developed to assist decision makers in identifying these risks, however little empirical research has explored the practical utility of a systems modelling approach. To address this gap, we apply a systems approach at an operational mine site. Uncertainties in water flows were identified to guide decisions about where additional monitoring equipment should be installed to improve the accuracy of the overall site water balance. Simulation results provided valuable information for the site water committee to consider “out-of-the-box” ideas for progressing towards its ambitious water goals and mitigating strategic water risks. It is concluded that systems approaches should be further applied within mining and other industrial sectors.
Keyword Water management
Systems model
Mining
Water management
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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