Kestrel Mine has operated as a zero-discharge site since 2014, which means we contain all water on site. We recycle all water onsite and our coal is washed with 100% recycled water. We prepare a wet season plan each year to be ready to respond to ensure we can contain water onsite and we actively seek ways to reduce water use & demand across our operations.
Water management at Kestrel includes:
- Water balance & demand – All water onsite is recycled for reuse through our dam system, excluding human consumption and sewage. A major water reduction program in 2016/17 reduced our raw water demand (river water) by 65% and integrated water re-use across the site.
- Raw water supply – sourced from a shared water source on the Nogoa-McKenzie water system.
- Groundwater environment – Kestrel maintains an extensive groundwater monitoring network for levels and quality, including site areas (including tailings), mine periphery, neighbours’ wells & regional locations.
- Surface water receiving environment – our surrounding creeks are ephemeral and flow only after rain.