Evaluating water management practice for sustainable mining

Zhang, Xiangfeng, Gao, Lei, Barrett, Damian and Chen, Yun (2014) Evaluating water management practice for sustainable mining. Water, 6 2: 414-433. doi:10.3390/w6020414

Author Zhang, Xiangfeng
Gao, Lei
Barrett, Damian
Chen, Yun
Title Evaluating water management practice for sustainable mining
Journal name Water   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2073-4441
Publication date 2014-02-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/w6020414
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 414
End page 433
Total pages 20
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
Language eng
Abstract To move towards sustainable development, the mining industry needs to identify better mine water management practices for reducing raw water use, increasing water use efficiency, and eliminating environmental impacts in a precondition of securing mining production. However, the selection of optimal mine water management practices is technically challenging due to the lack of scientific tools to comprehensively evaluate management options against a set of conflicting criteria. This work has provided a solution to aid the identification of more sustainable mine water management practices. The solution includes a conceptual framework for forming a decision hierarchy; an evaluation method for assessing mine water management practices; and a sensitivity analysis in view of different preferences of stakeholders or managers. The solution is applied to a case study of the evaluation of sustainable water management practices in 16 mines located in the Bowen Basin in Queensland, Australia. The evaluation results illustrate the usefulness of the proposed solution. A sensitivity analysis is performed according to preference weights of stakeholders or managers. Some measures are provided for assessing sensitivity of strategy ranking outcomes if the weight of an indicator changes. Finally, some advice is given to improve the mine water management in some mines.
Keyword Analytic hierarchy process (AHP)
Mine water management
Multi-criteria evaluation
Sustainable mining
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 11DZ1200207
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
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