I am a farmer and live next to a mine and they are polluting the groundwater. How can the Department give a license to the mine?
A water use license requires that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be executed. Several aspects should be addressed in the EIA:
‘Who are the people who may be, or already are impacted?’
‘What are these people using the groundwater for?’
‘What are the possible and potential impacts, i.e. dewatering, pollution, etc.?’
The DWA will evaluate the information provided in the EIA and if deemed adequate a water use license, with particular conditions, will be issued. Additionally the Environmental Management Plan should address all potential and real impacts and how these will be either prevented or mitigated or resolved.