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Drought takes toll on mines

Virginia Tapp, Monday July 29, 2013 - 10:28 EST
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Mark Roberts, general manager of engineering at Mount Isa Mines - ABC

The drought in north-west Queensland is beginning to take its toll on the resources industry.

Mount Isa Mines will be forced to lower production if the drought continues, and cutting fresh water use on site has become a priority.

Engineering general manager Mark Roberts says the company aims to reduce fresh water consumption by up to 30 per cent in the next three months.

He says projects include drilling a new bore and using more recycled water.

"I suppose what we've seen over the years is that we've actually increased production on site and there is a direct correlation of what water you require as you increase production.

"So, as we get into the drought and we don't get any rain in the next wet season, that'll be quite difficult to manage and it may impact our production."


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