By John Fowler, CSP, CMSP
Water is the enemy of most mines and most need dewatering wells if they want to continue mining. They also often need monitoring wells drilled and maintained as well as piezometers and vibrating wire lines installed to monitor groundwater and formation movement. Last but not least, many mines rely on exploration drilling to determine future mining plans.
So, while it can seem a bit intimidating to many groundwater professionals, working in a mine can be a great business opportunity for those contractors who are prepared and understand what is required of them when working on a mine site.