Water Conflict: Turning Challenges into Opportunities


Ms Rosemary Niechcial

When a mine must source or discharge water off-site, the likelihood for conflict with local communities, agriculture, government, and other industries is high. However, there are significant opportunities to create partnerships, share risks, and reduce the costs of managing water. Through focused planning and deliberate development of contract models, mining companies can turn what has historically been a thorn in their side into a tool for social license to operate, access to more cost-effecive financing, and a more streamlined mining operation. This presentation will touch on some of these opportunities and provide some case studies to illustrate these possibilities.