Early Stage Hydrogeological Assessments
The requirement to conduct a mine water assessment in the exploration to early feasibility stage usually has a dual purpose: focusing on initial engineering assessments (dewatering, mine stability, water supply, overall water balance) and on environmental and social aspects, typically in the form of an ESIA (Environmental Social Impact Assessment) baseline study.
To meet these requirements it is often necessary to establish a common program of work, which involves developing an initial conceptual hydrogeological model (CHM), initiating a seasonal baseline water monitoring and sampling network, and implementing a preliminary hydrogeological testing program. Adopting a common work program to meet all objectives early in project development helps integrate and streamline the entire water assessment, so the findings can be assessed holistically. In other words, it saves on cost and time.