Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Government’s plan to deal with acid mine drainage has some flaws

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 June 2011

Government is planning to deal with Gauteng’s acid mine drainage crisis by pumping the toxic water out of the mines and using lime to neutralise it.

The water, which will still have high sulphate levels after being neutralised, will then be discharged into rivers, but diluted with specially released fresh water.

But the department of water affairs’ deputy director Marius Keet told Parliament today that even this solution has its problems

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