Western Resources Corp. has announced that its 100-percent owned subsidiary, Western Potash Corp, has succeeded in developing a groundwater supply source for the firm’s proposed Milestone Phase I Potash Project. The project is located 35 km southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Water pump test results prove that the groundwater source can fully support the water requirements for the Phase 1 Project.
AGAPITO Associates, the firm’s mining consultant, has determined that the project requires approximately 40 m3/hr of water. Western Potash utilized existing geophysical data from the project exploration phase and determined a well location 8 km southeast of the plant site as the right place for the groundwater source. The selection of a groundwater source was based on a detailed examination of all possible water source possibilities, with full consideration of minimizing the impact of the community and environment.
The company says that the intended aquifers are the Viking Formation and the Mannville Formation, located at depths of approximately 680m and 745m below surface, respectively. These aquifers contain water that is not potable and not suitable for agriculture. They are isolated and cannot be used for local domestic or agriculture use and as such will not interfere with local water supplies. The work started in early June, and water well was finished earlier in July. According to Water Supply Well Report, the established water source of fully supporting the required water usage of the Phase I Project over the duration of the life of project.
Bill Xue, President and CEO of Western Resources, commented on the latest development in the project that “the management and board of directors are very excited with the positive results from the water well program. The success of the groundwater source further clears the hurdle for the Phase I project to move forward to the next step. We will now focus on the next steps of the Phase I project including early site work in preparation for project construction to start in early 2019.”