IMWA - International Mine Water Association

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IMWA’s Objectives and Aims


  • Increased protection of the environment against the impact of mine drainage and related activities
  • Improved utilisation of mine waters
  • Improved technology and economy of mine drainage operations
  • Improved exploitation of mineral deposits consistent with the desirable standards of safety against water hazards


  • To promote the development of science and technology concerned with water in mining
  • To promote, develop and coordinate cooperation among persons and organisations of different countries, engaged in scientific or engineering work in the field of mine water problems and related sciences
  • To encourage and facilitate research, education and training related to all scientific and practical problems of water in mining and allied operations
  • To promote implementation of improved technology to mine drainage practice
  • To promote exchange of scientific and engineering information
  • To encourage the exchange of visits of persons between the countries, either as individuals or teams
  • To organise international meetings and to promote regional and national conferences and symposia with international participation
  • To promote publication and distribution of papers and discussions relating to the objectives of IMWA
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:48  

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Mine Water is the water that collects in both surface and underground mines. It comes from the inflow of rain or surface water and from groundwater seepage. During the active life of the mine, water is pumped out to keep the mine dry and to allow access to the ore body. Pumped water may be used in the extraction process, pumped to tailings impoundments, used for activities like dust control, or discharged as a waste. The water can be of the same quality as drinking water, or it can be very acidic and laden with high concentrations of potentially toxic elements.

(from UNEP/GRID-Arenda web site)