Category: Air & water

Oil sands operators used approximately 170 million cubic metres of water in 2011 to extract bitumen.


That’s the equivalent to the residential water use of 1.7 million Canadians.


The Canadian residential average water consumption is 274 litres per person per day (based on 2009 data). See Environment Canada, “2011 Municipal Water Use Report – Municipal Water Use 2009 Statistics.”

More Info:

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development, “Oil Sands Water Use,” Oil Sands Information Portal

Government of Alberta, “Oil Sands Information Portal: Oil Sands Water Use.”

Alberta Environment, “Water Diversion by Oilsands Mining Projects in 2007,” data received September 2008.