Advancing Scientific and Technological Solutions in Treatment and Reuse of Produced Water

The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium (NM-PWRC) is a collaboration between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and New Mexico State University (NMSU). Through this consortium, New Mexico will continue to lead the country in advancing scientific and technological solutions related to the treatment and reuse of produced water generated by the oil and gas industry.

The consortium will develop a framework to fill scientific and technical knowledge gaps necessary to establish regulations and policies for the treatment of produced water. Such regulations and policies must be protective of public health and the environment while encouraging the oil and natural gas industry to rely less on fresh water and more on reuse of produced water. “The multidisciplinary research approach that we are proposing is specifically needed to fill existing data gaps to inform policy decisions,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “NMSU is excited to be at the very forefront of research in this area.”

Consortium Framework

Identify Gaps in Knowledge and TechnologyResearch New Approaches to Water UseInform Policy Making

 

Quick Facts

  • New Mexico State University is committed to ensuring independent scientific research in identifying solutions for treatment and re-use of produced water.
  • In 2018, over 42 billion gallons of produced water were created in New Mexico’s Permian Basin.
  • House Bill 546, includes the Produced Water Act, and went into effect July 1, 2019.
  • New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) entered into a memorandum of understanding onSeptember 9, 2019 to create a produced water research consortium to support NMED’s implementation of House Bill 546.
  • The most common method of produced water management is disposal by underground injection, known to cause earthquakes in other oil-producing states.

 

“These important efforts will help New Mexico lead the nation in saving fresh water for future generations.”

– Speaker of the House Egolf