Water is an essential resource for people, communities and the environment. It is also a critical input to the mining process. We work to protect water quality downstream of our operations, improve water use efficiency in water-scarce regions and engage with communities of interest on watershed management wherever we operate.

Water and ourSustainability Strategy

Water is one of our eight strategic themes along with: health and safety, climate change, our people, responsible production, tailings management, communities and Indigenous Peoples, and biodiversity and reclamation. Our sustainability strategy has long-term strategic priorities and shorter-term sustainability goals.

Strategic Priorities:

  • Transition to seawater or low-quality water sources for all operations in water-scarce regions by 2040
  • Implement innovative water management and water treatment solutions to protect water quality downstream of all our operations


  • By 2025, design all development projects in water-scarce regions with a seawater or low-quality water source.
  • By 2025, implement new source control or mine design strategies and water treatment systems to further advance efforts to manage water quality at our operations.
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Management and Performance in Water Stewardship

Our management approach, annual performance, and data related to Water use, selection of water sources, and protecting water quality.


Management Approach

Data (.xlsx file)

Water Quality in the Elk Valley

Teck operates four steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley of British Columbia which employ over 4,000 people. We raise our families in the valley, fish and swim in the river and care deeply about ensuring the environment is protected. That’s why we’re taking action to ensure that water quality is protected in the valley now and for generations to come.

Our Vision in Action