Water & Wastewater Management

Canada is celebrated for its clean and abundant supply of water resources that provide immeasurable social, economic and environmental value. MEG’s in situ operations rely on a supply of water which is strictly regulated, limiting withdrawal volumes, setting monitoring and reporting standards, and determining water disposal limits.

We use water responsibly to preserve both the quality and abundance of water in the areas we operate.

Efficient water use is a measure of our long-term success and it is our obligation to ensure our operations do not adversely affect this shared resource.


Building on our commitment to water conservation, MEG has established the following targets to guide conservation:

  • Maintain zero fresh (potable) water use in thermal operations
  • Maintain in situ industry-leading (top decile) total make-up water use intensity, with non-saline make-up water use intensity less than 0.1m3/m3 oil production.


Non-saline groundwater water use remained at record low levels in 2020 through optimization projects and continued highrecycle rates. As a result of continued reductions in non-saline water use, we have reduced the allowable quantity of water to be withdrawn under the Alberta’s Water Act withdrawal licenses by approximately 50%. This licensed allocation reduction means that MEG is proactively releasing secured water rights back to the province to manage as part of its 'Water for Life' strategy. MEG’s non-saline water use intensity in 2020 was 0.09 m3/m3 oil production, less than half the in situ average and a fraction of that used in other resource recovery technologies. Since 2013, MEG’s non-saline water use intensity has decreased by more than 80%, while total make-up water withdrawal intensity has reduced by approximately 78%. These reductions leave more water in the ground untouched and decrease the operational costs of water withdrawals.