A cooperative relationship between industry and academia can be mutually beneficial, yet there is typically little engagement between academic researchers and industry in the mine water field. Many potential obstacles may inhibit interaction, including a lack of trust and reliability, a lack of understanding of how both sides operate, alternative viewpoints on how research should be structured, and misunderstandings of academic and industry's performance measures. These obstacles are not insurmountable. A clear understanding of each parties' ways of working, goals, and limitations can pave the way to mutually beneficial relationships that will improve mine water practices. Industry consultants with research training and project experience may help facilitate these relationships by identifying industry research needs and academic research opportunities, reviewing grant applications and funded deliverables, and through post-graduate student co-supervision.