The exploration program will use water from previously mined end-of-pit lakes. These man-made lakes are situated on private land and are not connected to any nearby creeks, rivers or water bodies, including Blairmore Creek, Gold Creek or Crowsnest River.

The TDL requests a maximum draw of 1,500,000 litres of water.
For context, the Olympic pool at the University of Lethbridge holds 3,500,000 litres.

The total amount of water used by the exploration program will be less than requested, as Northback has reduced the number of drill holes as part of the exploration applications.