Mining establishments abstracted 241 million m3 of water
According to the results of Mining Establishments Water, Wastewater and Waste Statistics Survey, mining establishments abstracted 241 million m3
of water. Out of this amount, 54.4% was abstracted from well, 22.9% from sea and spring, 5.4% from mine water, 4.1% from river, 3.4% from lake-artificial lake and 9.8% from other resources.
Mining establishments discharged 146 million m3 of wastewater
Out of 146 million m3
of wastewater discharged by mining establishments in 2016, 79.7% was discharged to sea, lake, river or onto land, 12.1% to tailing dam, 1.6% to mine, 1.5% to septic tank, and 5.1% to other receiving bodies.
Mining establishments treated 20 million m3 of wastewater
Mining establishments treated 20 million m3
of wastewater in 2016. 88% of this amount was treated in physical or chemical treatment plants, whereas 12% was treated in biological or advanced treatment plants.
Mining establishments generated 811 million tonnes of waste
Mining establishments generated 811 million tonnes of waste, of which 99.9% was mineral waste. 99% of mineral waste was overburden. Out of total amount of waste, 70.4% was disposed of in heaps for overburden or controlled landfill sites, 15.9% was used for backfilling, 13% was used for reclamation purposes in mining sites and 0.7% was recovered or disposed of by other methods.
The scope of Mining Establishments Water, Wastewater and Waste Statistics Survey was mining establishments, which submitted production data for 2015 to General Directorate of Mining Affairs or had a new licence for 2016. Establishments dealing only with enrichment processes was out of scope.