Surface Water Management at Mines.

02 – 06 September 2024
Sandton Centre, Johannesburg South Africa

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R 19,999.00 per delegate

Public R14, 999.00

Online R10, 999.00

Course overview:

Mine water management is a broad topic covering a range of specialist sub-disciplines. In this case, mine water management will focus on groundwater, surface water and process water management within the mining environment, on the water management aspects associated with the varied mine residue deposits as well as on the regulations that govern the use, storage, management, etc. of the water resources.

All mines disturb the surface. All mines change the features of the mine site that affect precipitation runoff, evaporation, streamflow, and erosion. All mines involve grading of the site, diversion of runoff, and placement of wastes that increase or decrease infiltration of surface water to the groundwater. Inevitably at a mine it is necessary to capture and control sediments and other pollutants in surface water, and build and operate the works needed to comply with regulations regarding off-site impact by surface waters running from the mine.

This course discusses the principles and practice of surface water management at mines. It describes best management practices for surface water management at a mine in order to achieve the following objectives.

  • Control surface water in order to prevent pollution of on-site and off-site water resources.
  • Divert excess runoff that may otherwise flood or interfere with mine workings.
  • Limit infiltration to mine waste disposal facilities to control potential pollution of surface water and underground waters resulting from excessive infiltration.
  • Control erosion of the site to limit sediment runoff that may negatively affect receiving waters.
  • Control erosion that may otherwise cause excessive damage to mine closure works.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the basic principles of site characterization for surface water management and apply these to typical mine facilities.
  • Apply the principles of channel design, stream and reservoir routing, erosion control, infiltration control and runoff control to surface water management at a mine site.
  • Evaluate practical engineering methods to control surface water flow to make mining safer, more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly.
  • To understand the hydrological environment in terms of both quantity and quality and how to assess/evaluate/quantify the potential hydrological impacts of the mining operation on receiving surface water resources.
  • To evaluate management options (incl. protection, monitoring, etc.) to minimise potential impacts on surface water resources in the mining environment as well as to comply with governing legislation.

Who Should Attend:

This module is intended for practitioners (i.e. professionals) with minimum 3 years’ experience including;

  • Water Resource Practitioners & Managers (eg. Engineering and Environmental staff that are associated with the mining and related consulting industries).
  • Staff of Governmental Departments (eg. i.e.. Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Department of Minerals Resources, etc.)
  •  Practitioners that are active in associated / related disciplines.

Course Outline:

The model will cover the following content at conceptual and management levels:

  • Understanding baseline climate
  • Understanding rainfall/runoff response
  • Understanding flood hydrology and the modelling of flood events
  • Understanding storm water management in the mining context
  • Understanding how to develop appropriate surface water quality monitoring programs
  • Understanding of governing legislation (including best practice) specific to the management of surface water in the mining context
  • The importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in hydrological assessments

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