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Copper growth could be hampered by water resources

Falling grades and increased costs are often cited as reasons why there is not enough copper coming through the project pipeline, but water – or a lack of it – is another constraint holding back the industry's growth, according to analysts from Wood Mackenzie.

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Chile, the biggest copper producer in the world, is facing sustained water shortages

The water issue is not as simple as being able to locate a captive source to start a development, it is much more complicated.

"From supply origin (surface, ground, sea or third-party...