7th Annual Mining the Pilbara 16th-17th July 2013
Introducing the latest Western Australia
Water in Mining Guidelines and ...
Department of Water
Purpose
We support Western Australia's growth and
development by managing the availability and
quality...
Strategic Plan Goals
1. Water needs for population and economic growth
are met,
2. WA has contemporary and adaptive water
...
GOAL - 1
Water need for population and economic
growth are met now and for the future
• Analyse immediate and long term de...
GOAL - 2
• Western Australia has contemporary and
adaptive water management
• Implement a transparent approach to recogniz...
GOAL - 3
• Western Australia exceeds national
standards in water efficiency and demand
management
• Use science, innovatio...
• State Government initiative – Pilbara Cities
• Mining Industry accelerating output
• New public and private infrastructu...
Total licensed water by sector
• The right to take and use the State’s water resources must be in
accordance with the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act ...
DoW Roles
Initially DoW is advisor to company
Once proposal submitted then DoW is special advisor
(as a Decision Making Au...
Defining and clarifying
regulatory processes
Instruments under the Rights in
Water and Irrigation Act 1914,
specifically:
...
DoW is listening
Resources industry has
consistently told Government that
the sector wants:
 Increased clarity and certai...
Pilbara water in mining guideline (2009)
Western Australian water in mining guideline (2013)
• Provide clarity for industr...
Guideline objectives
• Provide clear guidance on the DoW’s Rights in Water and
Irrigation Act 1914 approval process.
• Dev...
Provides clarity and guidance on issues related to a six-
stage process:
A Preliminary consultation
B Scoping the water ma...
Pre-feasibility Stage A & B
Getting together EARLY and
defining project and regulatory
requirements – is driver for all.
...
Stage C Proposal - Licence
 Proponent conducts and
submits agreed studies.
 Aligns with EPA assessment
process (DoW wate...
Stage D Water Licence
Assessment
Proponent submits operating
strategy (Op policy 5.08) and
operational water balance base...
Stage E Construction and
mine operation
The taking, use and
management of water as per
operating strategy and licence
con...
Stage F Mine closure and
decommissioning
• Proponent manages long-term
impacts beyond the life of the
mine.
• Decommission...
Reducing regulatory burden in
support of the mining sector
Reducing Regulatory Burden
• Risk based assessments for focus on high risk and
priority areas
• Abolished regulation in 20...
Water Information and Data Library
• DoW has funding to upgrade its IT systems (Platform)
and its licencing systems will b...
www.water.wa.gov.au
• Existing mines extending below water table
• Switch from water deficit to water excess
• New mines
• New commodities
• N...
• Rapidly increasing demand for water in coastal centres
• Regional ore tonnage moving to 1,000,000 million tonnes per
yea...
Security of Water Supply is essential for
State Development to progress
• Rising water demand in coastal towns and ports w...
Water for the
environment
Licensed
and
unlicensed
entitlements
Unallocated
water
Allocation
limit
Total
water
available
No...
Pilbara Water Allocation
Plan
• Central Pilbara
Groundwater Study
• Pilbara Coast Water
Study
• Pilbara Regional
Water Pla...
Programming
Plan initiation
Plan development
Plan release
Plan implementation
and evaluation
A. Assess
information
B. Set
...
Pilbara Water Sources
Port Hedland
Water Supply
Scheme
Options
• Expand existing
• WCB
West Canning Basin Exploration
funded by Royalties for Regions
Also potential for Mining Industry supply and irrigated agr...
West Pilbara
Water Supply
Scheme
Options
• Bungaroo 10 GL
Cane River
Onslow water supply scheme
Town Current
water use
(GL)
Future status of water demand and supply
Newman 3.7  Estimated available water is 10 GL/a.
 ...
What are the Community supply outcomes?
• Security of supply
• Supported growth
• Integrated planning and investment
• Inn...
Thank you
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Hamid Mohsenzadeh, Pilbara Regional Manager, Department of Water delivered this presentation at the Mining the Pilbara 2013 conference. The conference aims to promote the sustainable development of mineral resources and the Pilbara region.

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Hamid Mohsenzadeh, Department of Water - Introducing the latest water in mining guidelines and strategies towards meeting the Pilbara’s civic and industrial water needs

  1. 1. 7th Annual Mining the Pilbara 16th-17th July 2013 Introducing the latest Western Australia Water in Mining Guidelines and strategic meeting the Pilbara’s civic and industrial water needs Dr Hamid Mohsenzadeh Regional Manager, Pilbara Region Department of Water
  2. 2. Department of Water Purpose We support Western Australia's growth and development by managing the availability and quality of water sustainably – now and for the future.
  3. 3. Strategic Plan Goals 1. Water needs for population and economic growth are met, 2. WA has contemporary and adaptive water management, 3. WA exceeds national standards in water efficiency and demand management.
  4. 4. GOAL - 1 Water need for population and economic growth are met now and for the future • Analyse immediate and long term demand for water to meet economic, community and environmental need • Determine resource availability using the latest scientific knowledge • Recommend options to meet current and projected shortfalls in water including demand management • Work with industry partners and other government agencies be effectively integrated water planning with land use planning
  5. 5. GOAL - 2 • Western Australia has contemporary and adaptive water management • Implement a transparent approach to recognizing, measuring and assessing the environmental, economic and cultural value of water in policy and development planning and water allocation • Strengthen the protection of water in identified areas for long-term environmental and community benefits • Provide the policy setting to support greater private sector competition and innovation in water service provision
  6. 6. GOAL - 3 • Western Australia exceeds national standards in water efficiency and demand management • Use science, innovation and policy leadership to enable new source of drinking and non-drinking water • Promote recycles water for non-drinking water use • facilitate the efficient use of water • Partner with industry, government and the community to create vibrant water-efficient communities
  7. 7. • State Government initiative – Pilbara Cities • Mining Industry accelerating output • New public and private infrastructure • Public demands for more livable towns • Aboriginal connections to Country • High value environmental assets Drivers for current work - Pilbara
  8. 8. Total licensed water by sector
  9. 9. • The right to take and use the State’s water resources must be in accordance with the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 (RiWI Act). • A licence is required to take water in a proclaimed area, and all artesian resources. • Licences granted under the RiWI Act are the key regulatory tool in controlling and managing the water resources. • Water licences contain terms and conditions relating to: Licence tenure How much water can be taken Monitoring and reporting requirements DoW Regulatory Role
  10. 10. DoW Roles Initially DoW is advisor to company Once proposal submitted then DoW is special advisor (as a Decision Making Authority) to EPA and DMP pre- approval Once project is approved DoW becomes regulator under our RiWI Act if a water licence is required Key tools are the water licence and Operating Strategy
  11. 11. Defining and clarifying regulatory processes Instruments under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914, specifically: • section 26D licences to construct and alter a well • section 5C licences to take water and manage its use • section 11/17/21A permits to interfere with bed and banks (bed and banks permit)
  12. 12. DoW is listening Resources industry has consistently told Government that the sector wants:  Increased clarity and certainty for investment decisions  Focus on removing duplication and increasing efficiency and productivity Integrated electronic lodgement and licence tracking system Guidance on cumulative impact
  13. 13. Pilbara water in mining guideline (2009) Western Australian water in mining guideline (2013) • Provide clarity for industry on approvals processes • Developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders
  14. 14. Guideline objectives • Provide clear guidance on the DoW’s Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 approval process. • Develop a consultative and cooperative relationship between regulator and proponents. • Facilitate early identification of water management issues. • Clearly define water management objectives - early on! • Clearly outline assessment information requirements. • Facilitate an adaptive management framework that meets water management and regulatory requirements. • Emphasise the life-of-mine approach to water management • Focus is mostly on groundwater licence applications
  15. 15. Provides clarity and guidance on issues related to a six- stage process: A Preliminary consultation B Scoping the water management task C Water Licence application and EPA assessment D Licence assessment E Construction and operation F Decommissioning and closure DoW Western Australian water in mining guideline- what it does
  16. 16. Pre-feasibility Stage A & B Getting together EARLY and defining project and regulatory requirements – is driver for all.  Outline of development concept  Establish working relationships Define regulatory requirements Confirm the scope of studies and agree information output Sets out a flexible process, whereby DoW and proponents work together to define key issues and information required.
  17. 17. Stage C Proposal - Licence  Proponent conducts and submits agreed studies.  Aligns with EPA assessment process (DoW water component).  Development of a Water Management Plan for agencies.  Submission of the 5C water licence application under the RIWI Act 1914.
  18. 18. Stage D Water Licence Assessment Proponent submits operating strategy (Op policy 5.08) and operational water balance based on the water management plan. How you will manage water over the life of the project? DoW finalises assessment of 5C application and determines licence conditions and approves operating strategy.
  19. 19. Stage E Construction and mine operation The taking, use and management of water as per operating strategy and licence conditions. Regular reporting to the DoW Adaptive management – proponent uses results of their evaluation to modify their water management and monitoring.
  20. 20. Stage F Mine closure and decommissioning • Proponent manages long-term impacts beyond the life of the mine. • Decommissioning and closure plans form part of the scoping phase documents and operating strategy. • DoW concerns include the containment of tailings, correct decommissioning of bores and closure of water storage facilities.
  21. 21. Reducing regulatory burden in support of the mining sector
  22. 22. Reducing Regulatory Burden • Risk based assessments for focus on high risk and priority areas • Abolished regulation in 2012 requiring licensing of monitoring bores (900 per year) • Review and simplify conditions (50% abolished) • Third party access to mine dewater (Mining & RiWI) • MOU between DoW and DMP to reduce duplication
  23. 23. Water Information and Data Library • DoW has funding to upgrade its IT systems (Platform) and its licencing systems will be upgraded into a national system (CRS). Unfortunately both systems are 18 months away from use by licensees. • All water information is and will be immediately available to the industry for free either through the internet or DoW • 2008-2010 DoW captured information on 4500 bores • RfR funding capture of 100,000 hydro reports over 3 yrs
  24. 24. www.water.wa.gov.au
  25. 25. • Existing mines extending below water table • Switch from water deficit to water excess • New mines • New commodities • New infrastructure Changes in the mining sector
  26. 26. • Rapidly increasing demand for water in coastal centres • Regional ore tonnage moving to 1,000,000 million tonnes per year • New ports and rail lines - currently six new ports and port expansions • Entry of new junior companies into the market • Cumulative impacts from mining and infrastructure development • Emerging industries such as magnetite and uranium. Pilbara is arid and is developing rapidly in terms of mine size, proximity and complexity Changes in the mining sector-continue
  27. 27. Security of Water Supply is essential for State Development to progress • Rising water demand in coastal towns and ports which is outstripping current supply • Remote Aboriginal communities experiencing water quantity and quality problems • Potential over the longer term to have a more integrated approach to matching water demand and supply • 2010 Pilbara Water Prefeasibility Study • 2013 Pilbara Groundwater Allocation Plan Pilbara 2007-2010 Pilbara 2010-2030
  28. 28. Water for the environment Licensed and unlicensed entitlements Unallocated water Allocation limit Total water available Note: unlicensed entitlements include water for stock and domestic use Reserved for future public drinking water
  29. 29. Pilbara Water Allocation Plan • Central Pilbara Groundwater Study • Pilbara Coast Water Study • Pilbara Regional Water Plan • Pilbara Water in Mining Guideline
  30. 30. Programming Plan initiation Plan development Plan release Plan implementation and evaluation A. Assess information B. Set objectives & allocation limits C. Define management approach Plan development Stakeholderinvolvement What the plan will deal with We propose how water will be allocated and managed Release proposed plan Review of resource performance Plan evaluations Plan for public comment Statement of response Allocation methods report Proposed policy Statement of intent April 2011 Dec-May 2012 Now 2013 Consultation
  31. 31. Pilbara Water Sources
  32. 32. Port Hedland Water Supply Scheme
  33. 33. Options • Expand existing • WCB
  34. 34. West Canning Basin Exploration funded by Royalties for Regions Also potential for Mining Industry supply and irrigated agriculture
  35. 35. West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme
  36. 36. Options • Bungaroo 10 GL
  37. 37. Cane River Onslow water supply scheme
  38. 38. Town Current water use (GL) Future status of water demand and supply Newman 3.7  Estimated available water is 10 GL/a.  Water supply aquifer is linked to mining operation, bore field is recharged by dewater.  Population below 8 000 at 2010, projected to 15 000 Tom Price 1.0  Estimated available water is 9.82 GL/a.  Water supply is linked to Marandoo mining operation  Population below 3 500, possible increase to 5 100 Paraburdoo 0.3  Estimated available water is 4.3 GL/a  Population 1 700 Pannawonica 0.1  Estimated available water of above 0.6 GL/a  Supply can be problematic depending on recharge  Population 727 Marble Bar 0.1  Estimated available water is 0.5 GL/a Nullagine 0.04  Estimated available water is <0.5 GL/a  Water supply comes from a combination of alluvial aquifers and fractured rock aquifers
  39. 39. What are the Community supply outcomes? • Security of supply • Supported growth • Integrated planning and investment • Innovative water supply options • Best value water usage • Clear guidelines for water decision making
  40. 40. Thank you

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