Water treatment

Proactive management to treat water both during and after mining can increase beneficial use of mine affected water, limit the waste of a valuable resource and minimise closure risks. Water treatment during the operational phase of mining is able to reduce the volume of coal mine affected water and facilitate its use post-mining while limiting mine closure risks. However, at present, water is not commonly treated as part of coal mining operations in Queensland. Constraints and barriers to adopting water treatment can include costs, energy, waste, training and expertise. Where mine affected water held in storages is unsuitable for use, water treatment options should be explored to determine their feasibility.


A student report related to water treatment approaches is available.

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