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AER: Water Use Performance
Energy companies use water throughout the life cycles of their projects and activities. It’s our job to ensure that Alberta’s energy industry uses water resources responsibly and to identify where there is room for improvement.
Water Use Report
Our Alberta Water Use Performance Report [Tableau] shows how water is allocated and used to recover oil, gas, and oil sands resources. This annual report is part of our larger industry performance program, which measures, evaluates, and reports on the energy development activities that we regulate.
We not only need the information we give on water use to be meaningful, but we also need to be able to make comparisons. So, we have divided the Alberta oil and gas sector into four main extraction technologies (each link below will open Tableau in a new window):
Because the amount of water used for conventional oil and gas wells during drilling operations is quite small, you won’t find them discussed in report. Refining and processing activities are also not included in the report.
What the Report Says
Companies are using far less water than what is allocated to them. For example, in 2017, the energy industry only used about 25 per cent (260 million cubic metres) of what was allocated to them (about 1 billion cubic metres). That’s less than 0.18 per cent of all the nonsaline water available in Alberta.
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