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Protecting Water Quality

Protecting the quality of our water sources is part of our commitment to managing water use in an efficient way. Canadian Natural, as a partner with other oil sands operators, manages water withdrawals to ensure that the ecology of the Athabasca River is maintained. For example, Canadian Natural does not discharge any produced or process-affected water from the Horizon Oil Sands into the Athabasca River.

All our UK installations operate 33% below our internal stretch targets of 20 mg/l for oil discharge to the sea, and produced water quality remains well within the regulatory compliance limit of 30 mg/l. In Africa, each installation operates below its ambitious produced water limit as defined in the Environmental Impact Assessments for each field.

Related links:
- International Protocol - Maintaining Integrity