Zilzie's Sam Costin could hold the key to a major breakthrough in the usage of mine water during this record-breaking drought.

The local civil engineer and managing director of Global Aquatica, a $5 million self-funded company, has spent the past four years researching and developing an innovative technology that converts acid mine drainage into drinkable water.

Sam was one of the few hundred people who attended the Advance Queensland regional forum at CQUniversity yesterday to hear Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch speak about the State Government's $180 million initiative surrounding innovative research.

Sam said he'd worked in conjunction with Australian universities and mining companies to create the ground-breaking technology.

"The technology converts the acid mine drainage that's produced by most of the mining industry in Australia into quality drinking water that can be sent off to neighbouring farms and used for irrigation," he said.

"To an extent, this could assist with the drought problem, it won't solve it but it will help because most of these mines which produce this drainage are in marginal agricultural areas. We are actually producing between one to six million litres a day of irrigation water which the farmers can use.

Source: The Morning Bulletin - see full article