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SUSTAINABILITY

Water Management

A vital resource for all

We manage the potential impact of operations at our mining and port assets on the quality and availability of local water supplies. Both our operations and our host communities depend on this vital resource. Our objectives are:

Responsible mining:

  • We ensure that the sources where we withdraw and discharge water maintain the same levels of quality and availability

  • We continually control our waste water and water discharge

  • We ensure efficient water use in our industrial and domestic activities

  • We convert the aspects of operations that use water to clean technologies wherever possible 

  • All our assets have a control and management plan and processes for runoff water

Agents of sustainable development:

  • We monitor the quality of local water basins

  • We develop water governance activities for local water basins, in partnership with the authorities and local communities

Where do we get the water we use in our operations?

We have infrastructure to control runoff water, and efficient conduction and pumping systems for water collected from our waste sites and mining pits, which ensures that at least 90% of our process water is either rainwater or recirculated/reused water. This reduces the amount of water we withdraw from surface and underground sources.