ENVIRONMENT

Mining: Where will the water come from?

Friday 27 April 2012, 8:37PM
By Dave West
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Mining uses a lot of water. The amount varies depending on the site, rock types, and a number of other factors. However, the Rawene Newsletter estimates, based on two different reports, that mining 1.5 million ounces of gold in the Far North would use as much water as Rawene uses in 121 – 252 years.
http://www.nzsses.auckland.ac.nz/conference/2007/papers/MUDD-Gold-Mining-v-Sustainability.pdf
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/industries_technologies/mining/pdfs/water_use_mining.pdf