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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.

Calculation:

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.