Mining's water requirements will be met through a combination of sources including groundwater resources, seawater desalination and existing supplies.
The South Australian Government recognises that using groundwater will not be suitable for all mines and supports desalination to meet most mining needs where it is economically and environmentally suitable.
To support mines' access to sufficient water, the Resources Infrastructure Task Force (RIT) has been directed to:
- facilitate access to groundwater data and interpreted information in areas of mining demand
- develop a desalination plant/pipeline policy to provide for the development of desalination plants and associated pipelines
- gather information and knowledge to support innovation in the use and reuse of water for mining operations.