About one-third of the water used to complete a well flows back when the well is brought to production. The rest is produced throughout the life of the well. Recycling waste water is a shift for the industry. Historically, waste water was disposed of through treatment plants, injection wells, and evaporation ponds.
Recycling Waste Water Answers Many Concerns
As the volume of water used in hydraulic fracturing has grown, operators have explored alternate solutions. The popularity of recycling water is growing as operators look for a cheaper solution to drilling deep injection wells, as they look for more environmentally friendly options, and as they combat concerns of scarce water.