Texas Tech Heads Collaboration to Study Impact, Technology Necessary for Recycling of Produced Water

As a premier agricultural research organization in the United States, Texas Tech will serve as administrator for the newly formed Texas Produced Water Consortium, a collaborative effort to research options, alternatives, and potential economic impacts for the billions of gallons of water produced in Texas each year.

Produced water is water that is trapped in underground formations and brought to the surface during oil and gas exploration and production. It is also known as brine, salt water, or formation water. Each year, oil and gas exploration generates more than 800 billion gallons of produced water – 6% of the full storage capacity of all Texas water supply reservoirs.

Presented to the Texas Legislature by Sen. Charles Perry and signed by Governor Greg Abbott in June, the consortium will bring together various stakeholders, experts and key information resources to study the economic impact and technology required to reuse produced water , including environmental and health aspects.

Senator Charles Perry

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs, one of my missions was to find new water resources for Texans, and especially for our rural and agricultural communities,” said Perry. “Water is a finite resource. and water produced has the potential to inject millions of acre-feet into an area of ​​the state experiencing prolonged drought. I am confident that Texas Tech can navigate these new waters through a robust stakeholder process and develop one or more pilot projects to lead the nation in innovation. “

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