Anglo-Swiss mining group Xstrata sees few problems related to water in the development of its Las Bambas copper project in southern Peru’s Apurimac region, according to the project’s general manager, Valentin Choquenaira. “We have an advantage when it comes to water in Apurimac. There are six micro basins located exactly where the project is,” Choquenaira told BNamericas. “From these basins we are going to use [water] from just one. The remainder [of the water] from the other micro basins located around the project will remain there.” To support the development of local agriculture, Xstrata is looking at ways to capture the water from the other basins. “Normally [miners] are worried about water use for a project, how to capture water,” he said. “Our concern is going to be focused on how to ensure the water in the area is used by communities.”