Dr. John Waters


Principal Environmental Chemist



Dr. Waters holds the position of Principal Environmental Chemist with Earth Systems. John has more than 25 years professional experience working predominantly in research in the exploration and mining sectors in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

John provides Earth Systems with specialist expertise in acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) management (mining and acid sulphate soils), ground and surface water chemistry, water treatment and environmental geochemistry.


Education and Affiliations

Bachelor of Science Honours (Earth Sciences) -MonashUniversity, 1984.

Doctor of Philosophy (Earth Sciences) -Monash University, 1995.


Countries of Work Experience

Australia,New Zealand,Indonesia,Papua New Guinea.


Professional History

  • 2002 to Present: Principal Environmental Chemist – Water Treatment, Earth Systems Pty. Ltd.
  • 2001: Research Associate, Centre for Green Chemistry, MonashUniversity.
  • 1999-2001: Geoscience consultant.
  • 1996-1999: Research Scientist, CSIRO Exploration and Mining
  • 1993: Geologist, BHP Minerals, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1987 to 1995: Ph.D. Candidature Monash University.
  • 1986: Exploration Geologist, PNC Exploration,Western Australia.
  • 1985: Mine Geologist, Kia Ora Gold Pty. Ltd., Western Australia


Fields of Special Competence

Environmental geoscience and geochemistry; water quality prediction / management; AMD management, metal speciation and transport; analytical chemistry; geochemical modelling.


Representative Experience

Dr. Waters’ recent roles and projects include:

  • Manager of Water Treatment activities at Earth System Pty. Ltd.
  • Management of design and manufacture of specialist water treatment equipment for addressing AMD and other water quality issues at sites within Australia and overseas.
  • Modelling downstream water quality to assist with treatment and discharge options to meet regulatory requirements at a mine site in Papua New Guinea.
  • Management of AMD treatment activities at operating and abandoned mine sites within Australia.
  • Computer-based modelling for contaminant generation, release and associated assessment of water quality impacts for the South Australian government.
  • Contributor to a report for Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) covering recommendations for the environmental remediation and rehabilitation of abandoned tin mines in NW Tasmania.
  • Research Associate at the Centre for Green Chemistry,Monash University investigating the use of benign alternatives to cyanide in the gold processing industry.

Selected Publications

  • Waters, J.C. Santomartino, S., Murphy, N. and Taylor, J.R. 2003, Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Technologies: Identifying Sustainable Solution. Paper accepted for 6th. ICARD Conference,Cairns July 2003.
  • Waters, J.C. and Wallace, D.B. 1992, Volcanology and sedimentology of the host succession to the Hellyer and Que River volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, Northwestern Tasmania. Econ. Geol., v. 87, p. 650-666.
  • Sebastian, S., Waters, J.C., Binns, R.A. andKeene, J.B. 1999, Spatial variation of major element geochemistry and mineralogy of sediments from theEasternManusBasin. Eos Trans. AGU, 80(46), Fall Meet. Supl., F88. 1.
  • McPhail, D.C., Waters, J.C. and Brugger, J. 2000: Controls on the Solubility of Zinc Minerals in Hydrothermal Fluids. Pasminco Unpubl. Rept.
  • McPhail, D.C., Waters, J.C. and Brugger, J. 2000: Controls on the Stability of Lead Minerals in Hydrothermal Fluids. Pasminco Unpubl. Rept.





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