AAPG Solving Water Problems: Drought, Communities, Produced Water
AAPG is investigating new ways to bring together geoscientists, industry, and communities to find solutions for water issues in drought-stricken communities. One approach involves implementing new technologies to purify the brine that is produced along with oil and gas in many fields. As you may be aware, this can be a sizable volume of water, and often it is simply reinjected into deeper formations, never to be retrieved again. One option would be to purify the produced water to the point it can be used for agricultural and other community needs. Then, instead of disposing of the water in injection wells, it could be put to good use.
To assess the needs and also potential concerns of communities, AAPG has put together a brief questionnaire:
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What is your position with respect to your community? How are you involved in water issues in your community?
What kinds of challenges does your community anticipate in meeting water needs?
Are you currently envisioning using purified sea water or water from brackish aquifers, which you would purify (using reverse osmosis, distillation, or other approaches)? Of the different options for purifying water, which seems the most viable to you?
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What kinds of purification are you currently using?
What strategies do you think communities will need to employ in the future to secure water for their communities?
What are some of your thoughts about new technologies used in water conservation and purification?
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