Water is a vital resource for all living systems, economies, and our collective quality of life. Effective water management is an essential part of our commitment to proactive environmental stewardship.
We take a responsible approach to water use, which includes engaging with government, regulatory, and other stakeholders to ensure appropriate water protection, conservation, and disposal mechanisms are in place.
We do this while diligently monitoring evolving regulatory requirements. At Keyera, water stewardship includes managing water-related risks, monitoring and managing how we acquire and use water, as well as tracking our water and wastewater management.
The availability of water can impact our operations, specifically the development of our underground storage caverns as well as the production of process steam to run our facilities. Effective management of water resources can also reduce transportation, handling, and treatment efforts and associated costs.
As part of our commitment to proper water management, we actively monitor water withdrawal at our facilities as well as control and test potable water quality and do not discharge wastewater into the environment. Most sites also have robust groundwater quality monitoring programs.
Water management efforts are integrated into project delivery systems and water-related infrastructure and operational processes.
Water crossings Managing risks
Over the last several years, Keyera has placed particular focus on the identification and mitigation of risk related to pipelines which cross water bodies. As part of this effort, we have completed comprehensive risk assessments and surveys of all major water crossings traversed by our pipelines and developed site specific emergency response plans at all river and named creek crossings.
Our most predominant use of water occurs in the development of our underground storage caverns.
In this context, we use water to dissolve naturally occurring salt formations to create a cavern for the storage of liquid hydrocarbons. Once salt from the formation has dissolved into the water, it creates brine, which we store in aboveground brine ponds or inject into disposal formations. Once the cavern is placed in operation, brine is reused to displace hydrocarbons stored in our caverns.
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