Mine dewatering in Western Australia

Mine water management close to groundwater systems of varying salinity

The Pilbara region of Western Australia doesn’t make you think about water – unless you get thirsty looking at this arid landscape. However, the water that’s hidden beneath the red plains poses a great challenge for local mining companies. Groundwater is an important natural resource in arid areas and is particularly important for ecosystems that depend on it. Modelling provides the basis for reliable water management plans to be developed which ensures protection of environmental ecosystems that depend on the groundwater and a reduction in risk associated with the mine development.