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Coal’s hidden water cost to South Africa

A water war is looming in the north of South Africa and coal is right in the middle of it. Coal mines need water. Miners have to wash the coal and control dust levels at the mine. The surrounding communities fear the mine would pollute the remaining water and cause borehole water levels to drop. It is a stalemate and every meeting around water threatens to erupt into a brawl, with communities crying over their lack of access to water and farmers about mines stealing their water. [authors abstract]

TitleCoal’s hidden water cost to South Africa
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGroenewald, Y
Pagination12 p.; 1 map.
Date Published2012-06-01
PublisherGreenpeace Africa
Place PublishedJohannesburg, South Africa
Keywordscoal, mining, south africa, water costs, water demand, water pollution, water rights, water supply, willingness to pay
Abstract

A water war is looming in the north of South Africa and coal is right in the middle of it. Coal mines need water. Miners have to wash the coal and control dust levels at the mine. The surrounding communities fear the mine would pollute the remaining water and cause borehole water levels to drop. It is a stalemate and every meeting around water threatens to erupt into a brawl, with communities crying over their lack of access to water and farmers about mines stealing their water. [authors abstract]

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