Water Management

The effective management of Water Resources at a Site is a critical component of achieving both economic and environmental sustainability during operations, from small-scale to large-scale water users, efficient water management processes are beneficial both economically and practically.

AGS is able to assist our Clients in terms of effective Water Management Solutions in terms:

– Water Monitoring Network Design, Development, Operation and Management

– Site Water Management System Design, Evaluation, Operations and Management

– Site Water Efficiency Plan Development

Water Monitoring Services

An effective Water Monitoring Network provides valuable data regarding the Site Groundwater and Surface Water environments and their performance and response to Site Operational Activities.

Typically, Water Monitoring Networks are designed to monitor changes in water quality and/or quantity over time during the life cycle of a Site activity, be it mining, industrial processing or any other anthropogenic activity.

When designing a Water Monitoring Network for a Site, AGS considers a number of factors for the benefit of both the Client and the Environment:

– Regulatory Requirements and/or Performance Expectations

– Hydrogeological Environment (i.e. Aquifer Characteristics)

– The Type of Impact on the Water Environment (e.g. Type of Contaminant Present)

– Extent of the Monitoring Network

– Budgetary Considerations

Water Management Systems

During Site Operations a good Water Management System can provide the On-Site management with potentially critical information in terms of Water Availability and Risks to Operations due to Water Infrastructure and allow for a proactive management response as opposed to a reactive response which may have economic consequences.

AGS is able to assist our Clients by designing Water Management Systems which provide data regarding:

– Water Storage Capacity Available (e.g. Storm Water Dam Capacity etc.)

– Available Water Resources (e.g. Raw Water Dam Volumes, Groundwater Levels etc.)

– Climatic Data such as Rainfall

– Infrastructure Flow Rates (e.g. Pipeline Flow Rates etc.)

– Site Water Balances

Using our experience and relationships within the Automation industry, AGS is able to provide our Clients with the option of an automated Water Management System, which includes:

– Cloud-Based Telemetric Water Level, Flow and Rain Monitoring Stations

– Automated Pumping and Storage Management Solutions

– SCADA System Design, Commissioning and Maintenance

– Full System Operation and Maintenance

Water Efficiency Plans

As Water Resources become increasingly strained and regulatory frameworks more stringent, AGS is able to assist our Clients in reviewing their current Water Usage and Water Management Plans at their Site and develop Water Efficiency Plans to reduce the overall Water Consumption at the Site.

Thus, ensuring sustainable and economic Water Usage for our Clients and the Environment.

One of the ways that AGS assists our Clients with their Water Efficiency Plans at a Site is through our Integrated Water Solutions approach to Water Management.

What is an Integrated Water Solution, and why is it different to IWRM? Typically, IWRM considers the major fresh water sources (i.e. ground and surface water) and the governance thereof, with little quantification and classification of alternatives considered within the overall water cycle (e.g. atmospheric water components, water recycling etc.). The major difference in our approach to finding an Integrated Water Solution for our clients is that we consider every aspect of the water cycle during our investigation, with our approach incorporating all possible solutions from conventional water rerouting and recycling within the site water balance, to considering alternative water sources such as atmospheric water generators (AWG) and groundwater to meet water demands.

Regardless of the scale of a system, a site water balance is made up of water inputs (e.g. municipal water, groundwater etc.) and water losses (e.g. drinking water, grey water, process water etc.), which result in either the water surplus (i.e. inputs>losses) or deficit (i.e. inputs

By considering and utilising all aspects of the water cycle, Alicanto Groundwater Solutions can design a holistic water solution for our clients where the overall site water balance is as close to zero as possible and the losses within the system are reduced as far as possible by either augmenting system inputs using alternative water sources (e.g. AWG) and by reclaiming grey- and black water in the system where possible. Utilising these integrated technologies and automation technologies (e.g. automated flow and level monitors, automated gate valves etc.) our clients are now able to get closer to the ultimate sustainability goal of a zero-sum water balance.

The overall process and governing “box” are represented by the water cycle, with the respective components forming part of the solution and being considered holistically and allowed to interact freely to provide not only legally compliant solutions, but sustainable water solutions with long term applications.

These Integrated Water Solutions are applicable at any scale and can be adapted to any water-related application from domestic water supply and management up to large-scale mining operations’ water management.