Water Used In Natural Gas Production
Natural gas development in Texas accounts for less than 1% of total statewide water use
- Agriculture - 50%.
- Municipal - 25%.
- Other - 24%.
- Natural gas - 1%.
- An average natural gas shale well hydraulic fracturing job in Texas requires less than 4 million gallons of water.
4 million gallons is the same amount of water...
- Consumed by a four acre corn field in 1 season.
- Used to irrigate a golf course every 22.5 days.
- Consumed by the city of San Antonio in 15.9 minutes.
- Consumed by Texas's cattle herds in 12.9 minutes.
The natural gas industry is committed to water stewardship and continuous innovation to reduce water needs even further
- Reduce: Where applicable, companies use a combination of gels and waters than can cut water use by 40%.
- Reuse: Companies are aggressively exploring and adopting reuse technologies at the wellsite.
- Recycle: Where feasible, with local geologies, companies take advantage of seasonal precipitation.
- The continual research and development efforts have led to a one-third water reduction in South Texas in just four years since development began.
Texas Natural Gas Now | For more information please visit www.texasnaturalgasnow.com/hot-topics/water-usage | Sources: 2012 TWDB State Water Plan; Texas Water Resources Institute | HydrauicFracturing.com, New York Times
(http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/science/earth/06golf.html); Chesapeake Energy (http://www.chk.com/Media/Educational-Library/Fact-Sheets/EagleFord/EagleFord_Water_Use_Fact_Sheet.pdf); USDA Texas Cattle Inventory
2012 (http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistcs_by_State/Texas/Publications/pr10812.pdf) and USGS Livestock Water Use (http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wulv.html); Railroad Commission of Texas (http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/