New water assessment tool driving improvement
Mining is water intensive, and knowing how and where water is used in our operations is a key step to managing our water use in ways that reduce impacts on the environment and our neighbours. In 2016, we launched our new Water Assessment for Improvement tool, developed by our R&D teams. The tool maps water flows to produce 'process flow sheets' which record flow and quality data for each stream. This information helps us understand what we need to do to improve, and to follow up on our progress when improvements are made.
Investing in water management in Canada
Ensuring that waste water is diverted away from vulnerable ecosystems is vital to our water management. In 2016, we invested in new intercepting ditches to divert run-off from waste storage at our mines in Mont Wright and Fire Lake. By directing the water to treatment facilities, the ditches prevent pollutants from reaching streams and lakes, in particular Webb Lake.