Springvale Coal Mine is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its Water Transfer Scheme.
Springvale mine was pumping up to 20 megalitres of water per day into the Wolgan Tributaries.
The discharge was found to be causing unnatural water flows on the Newnes Plateau and Wollemi National Park. In 2002 Springvale Mine entered into a pollution reduction program with the EPA.
A study was conducted with 12 different options being evaluated. The decision was made to cease discharge and redirect the water to the Cox’s river system for use by the power stations.
By alternating the route of the water, Delta Electricity power station could ensure the security of its water supply for existing needs and any future expansion.
The water transfer scheme also reduces the impact on Lithgow Council’s ability to draw water from the river system in order to supply the town of Lithgow and surrounding regions with the vital resource.
Springvale coal mine was able to change waste water into a useful resource that not only benefits the power stations but the local community as well.
By having the water pumped into the Cox’s River System, community members were able to use the lakes, that use the river system resources, for recreational purposes such as camping, fishing, boating and water skiing.
Previously, recreational activities could not take place due to the low water levels.