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TREATMENT OF THE MINE DRAINAGES TO USE FOR AGRICULTURAL, INDUSTRIAL AND DOMESTICS USAGES AS A STRATEGY TO COPE WATER CRISIS, CASE STUDY: IRANIAN MINES

AUTHOR/S: A. ARYAFAR, M. MASSINAEI
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 2, 949-956 pp

ABSTRACT

As the water has a vital role in human life and economic development, its shortage can
cause some economical, agricultural, industrial and environmental problems. These
problems are more prominent in warm and dry regions. Therefore, in such areas the
water resources management as well as the treatment and recycling of the mine drainage
have the great importance. In the underground and open pit mines, we usually deal with
the huge amounts of the contaminated water. In this research, by considering of the
statistics of the consumed water and the produced mine drainages during years of 1381,
1382, 1384 and 1385, it was found that the amount of the mine drainages are
approximately equal to 70 percent of the total consumed water by mines. Taking water
crisis in Iran into account, particularly in dry regions, the mine drainages treatments and
recycling of them can be considered for agricultural, water ecosystems and process
water in mining industry as an appropriate strategy in order to counter water crisis in
mining industry.

Keywords: Water shortage, mine wastes, treatment, strategy, Iranian Mines

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