Groundwater balance in mines

The mining industry’s impact on water bodies is a critical factor environmentally and socially, and for the operating capability of the mining company as well. In the worst case, inadequate planning of a project can jeopardise the continuation of the entire operation.

Studies related to the groundwater balance in mines are challenging and require in-depth expertise in geophysics and comprehensive research methods that take into account several different variables.

GTK’s groundwater balance studies provide information on the following aspects, among others: the environmental effects of draining a quarry by pumping, locating fractures, stability of the quarry, water recycling management, assessing the need for soil remediation, and pathways of harmful substances. Our key selling points as a service provider are our world-class expertise and objectivity.

Conducting groundwater surveys is a prerequisite to receiving an environmental permit. In addition to assisting in receiving the permit, GTK’s studies produce information that can be used to predict risks and to plan for them in advance. An extensive and detailed study is also a sign of the responsibility and sustainability of your operation for the people living near the mine and for your organisation’s stakeholders.

Service content

  • Study of flow rate and balance of groundwater in soil or bedrock for a quarry or pond. Optionally: surface water balance study
  • Survey of existing groundwater piping or fractures in bedrock, and their suitability for measurements
  • Hydraulic measurements of the groundwater area, hydrogeological properties of holes
  • Calculations of flow rate and flow directions, homogeneous/heterogeneous environments
  • Qualitative hydrogeological assessment
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Reporting Optionally: hydrogeological study (geophysics, geochemistry/isotopes, water flow and transport modelling)

Your benefits

  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of your mining operation and its effects on the environment. The information will enable you to communicate about your operation based on research data.
  • You will be informed of risk areas, which will enable you to monitor the factors affecting them and to prepare for any issues arising from them.
  • You will ensure your application for an environmental permit is accepted.