All mines face water management challenges. Adopting leading practice water
management strategies can help reduce both operational and strategic risks.
While many of the water issues faced by underground mines are the same as other
operations, underground mining presents some unique water management challenges.
In this paper we review trends in underground mining, water use and associated
water issues. We then compile a structured set of strategic and operational
risks that are pertinent to underground operations. The causes, threats,
opportunities and measures for controlling or mitigating the risks are
summarised. The risk compilation could provide an addendum for underground
operations to the Australian governments leading practice water management
Moran, C J,
Vink, S and Greig, G, 2011. Underground mining and water
management, in Proceedings 11th AusIMM Underground Operators’
pp 267-274 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and