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Dr Jo Burgess


Research Manager:  Mine Water Treatment and Management


Dr Burgess accumulated her experience in wastewater treatment, process science and water pollution control technology in the UK and South Africa. She has experience in leading research groups with strengths in undertaking projects involving academic/industrial collaboration and practical experience of environmental biotechnology applied to trade wastes.  At the WRC she manages two areas of research. The first looks at the treatment and management of water in mining and mineral processing. Some mining activities generate acid rock drainage (ARD) or other mining-impacted waters - research aims to provide appropriate, innovative and integrated solutions to water use and waste management in the mining sector. The second is the development of technologies for drinking water treatment. Future human developments will almost exclusively take place in water-scarce regions and will require reallocation of already stretched resources through minimising resource requirements and waste generation. Additional priorities include brine handling, sulphur compound transformation and aversion of future impacts. Linkages (including memoranda of understanding) with organisations such as Coaltech and DST provide scope for the scale-up and demonstration of newly-developed technologies.