Mining is a key contributor to the national economy, GDP and employment in South Africa. Mining activities however, impact significantly on land use change, and particularly impact the quality and quantity of groundwater. Hydrogeology examines the distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the earth’s crust, to better understand potential impact and access of these water sources.
Hydrogeologists can liaise with environmental engineers, ecologists and other professionals in investigating groundwater systems. They typically work between on-site locations, assessing water systems and geological structures of interest, and a laboratory and office environment.
Hydrogeologists need to have an extensive knowledge of geological characteristics and groundwater principles and can further benefit from an understanding of water policies and regulations, and:
Assess sites and perform and analyse groundwater sampling
Create, test and interpret prediction models and maps
Undertake environmental impact assessments and create remediation project plans
Advise and support compliance with regulations, laws and standards
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geology specialising in Hydrogeology at UFS, UP and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Hydrology at NWU, UKZN, Univen and Unizulu
National, provincial and local government.
Mining and construction companies.