Water is an important resource, and protecting and using it responsibly is an industry priority. Comprehensive government regulations and industry operating practices are in place to ensure protection of the environment and public safety.
At Canadian Natural we balance our operational needs for water with the need to maintain the quality and quantity of this resource for future generations. It is important that we continue to find ways to increase water use efficiency across all our business units.
The foundation of our water management strategy is to minimize our impact on water resources by reducing fresh water use, increasing water recycling and, where possible, using non-potable brackish (saline) water instead of fresh water. We plan and design our operations to minimize fresh water use, monitor and track water usage and disposal, as well as measure the amount of water recycled, processed and stored.
In projects where groundwater is utilized, we monitor groundwater levels both locally (at source of production) and regionally. Data collection and monitoring allow Canadian Natural to better manage and detect any deviations from standard groundwater quality or levels as well as help us understand any regional impacts our operations have on shallow groundwater.