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Water in Mining Guideline – Western Australia

August 5, 2013

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Western Australia’s Water in Mining Guideline

The Western Australian Department of Water recently published a new guide outlining the approval process related to water management for mining projects in Western Australia – Western Australian water in mining guideline, May 2013.

The guide applies statewide and outlines how the Department of Water (DoW) will regulate the management of water resources for a mining project (principally by the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914).

DoW advocates a consultative approach and encourages preliminary discussions with the proponent very early in the mining project.  The guide also provides advice on the key issues and information related to water that maybe required as part of the approval process.  These include water supply and dewatering requirements, mine water balance and management plans for any excess water and key water-dependent environmental receptors that may be affected by the proposed mine.  DoW advocates flexibility in determining the important water management issues for each specific mining project. Read more