“water is more precious than gold”

6 Mar

water day logo2013bigIn honor of World Water Day on March 22nd – this month’s theme is on WATER!

And since resource/mineral extraction companies have been in the media lately, we thought we’d explore issues around water use and mining.  A lot of water is used in the extractive process itself and the surrounding aquifers and streams can have their water quality compromised by run off.

  • A typical open pit gold mine uses up to 900,000 liters of water a day.
  • Acid mine drainage (AMD) occurs when large quantities of rock containing sulphide minerals are excavated. The exposed sulphides react with water and oxygen to create sulphuric acid. This acid can leach into nearby streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. AMD can severely degrade water quality, making it unusable.

The Council of Canadians just announced a “Water is more Precious than Gold” speaking tour to challenge Canada’s mining practices.  Check out their website for more info or to attend an event near you!

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