Executive managing director Greg Walker confirmed last Friday that some water-intensive production activities at the mine had been suspended during the dry season.
He said the company was using that opportunity to bring forward some scheduled maintenance activities.
“The very unusual extended dry conditions that we have seen in recent months have meant that our supplies of production of water have run very low. We have made the decision to shut down our milling and processing plants for the time being to conserve our water supplies,” he said.
“This may mean some changes to current work rosters at our operation, as we shift towards maintenance tasks.
“But we are hopeful these will be minimal and we are monitoring conditions closely.