In our operations, fresh water from surface and groundwater sources is used in production, dewatering, ice road construction, facility maintenance, camps, drilling, and dust control. In 2013, we used about 31 million barrels of fresh water across all our oil sands, conventional oil and natural gas operations. Our fresh water use increased by 53 percent compared to 2012, mainly due to the dewatering pilot at our Telephone Lake project and an increase in oil production.
A majority of the water we use in our operations – about 70 percent of our total water use – is saline water from underground aquifers. In 2013, we used about 71 million barrels of saline water across all our oil sands, conventional oil and natural gas operations. When both saline and fresh water use are combined, our total water use was 102 million barrels, which is about 19 percent more water than we used in 2012.