Updated Summary on Produced Water Treatment Research Funded by Reclamation

Project ID: 1601
Principal Investigator: Katherine Guerra
Research Topic: Desalination and Water Treatment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2016
Keywords: None

Research Question

This proposal is to summarize the past research by Reclamation and others in oil and gas water management and treatment as well as identify any future efforts Reclamation could pursue in the area of produced water.

Need and Benefit

Water demand and water production in the oil and gas industry is significant and has the potential to impact water supplies (both positively and negatively) in teh western United States (US). Many of the water treatment-related challenges currently addressed int he Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) Science & Technology (S&T) Research Program and Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program are common to the oil and gas industry. This work summarizes (1) the potential impact of water produced and consumed in the oil and gas industry on Reclamation project areas, (2) past research by Reclamation and others in oil and gas water management, and (3) identifies current research thrust areas and potential for Reclamation involvement in future efforts.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Updated Summary on Produced Water Treatment Research Funded by Reclamation (final, PDF, 1.5MB)
By Katie Guerra
Publication completed on September 30, 2016

Water demand and water production in the oil and gas industry is significant and has the potential to impact water supplies (both positively and negatively) in the western United States (US). Many of the water treatment-related challenges currently addressed in the Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) Science and Technology (S&T) Research Program and Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development (DWPR) Program are common to the oil and gas industry. This report summarizes (1) the potential impact of water produced and consumed in the oil and gas industry on Reclamation project areas, (2) past research by Reclamation and others in oil and gas water management, and (3) identifies current research thrust areas and potential for Reclamation involvement in future efforts.


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