The minerals and energy industry in South Australia recognises the importance of protecting the water resources in South Australia, and supports the implementation of cost effective and sound planning and management of water resources to support social, economic and environmental objectives.
SACOME fully supports the principles and implementation of the National Water Initiative (NWI) signed by the Commonwealth of Australia and all States and Territories to improve the management of the nation's water resources and provide greater certainty for future investment. As a major user of water the resources and energy sector is willing to pay its share towards effective water resource planning and management.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) compiled a selection of case studies to illustrate examples of good water management by mining companies. Presented at the '3rd International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry - Water in Mining 2012', in Chile, the publication looks at how the mining industry has developed innovative ways to respond to water challenges in different contexts. A representative from BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam was amongst the presenters.
View or download the publication Water management in mining: a selection of case studies