Working Groups


The major technical efforts of the Consortium will be conducted through working groups and their associated Task Committees.  Based on recommendations by the Consortium Membership, the Consortium established the following working groups.  They include:


  1. Infrastructure and Scenario Planning working group whose role is to help identify current and emerging infrastructure need to be considered to support and facilitate fit-for-purpose treatment and reuse of produced water.

  2. Treatment Technology working group whose role is to help identify and coordinate the testing and evaluation of the cost and performance testing of technologies to improve the cost and performance and the overall quality of treated produced water to better support fit-for-purpose reuse.

  3. Water Quality and Risk and Toxicology Working Group whose role is to evaluate and quantify the spatial variation in produced water quality across the state, identify analytical approaches to measure produced water constituents and identify appropriate environmental and human risk and toxicology testing approaches to assess the potential human and ecological risks from the use of treated produced water.

  4. Socio Economic and CBA whose role is to focus on a socio-economic cost-benefit analysis tool that supports efforts in both the Permian Basin and the San Juan Basin with the ability to evaluate the impacts of new and emerging applications, and to show Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and state economic benefits of produced water treatment and reuse. 

  5. Public Education and Outreach whose role is to:
    1. Improving public understanding of consortium activities and research in terms of fit-for-purpose reuse of treated produced water.

    2. Communicating the potential impacts to public and environmental health and the work of the Consortium to address these concerns.

    3. Promoting a behavior change of public to accept treated PW reuse.

    4. Sharing the benefits of water conservation and economic development opportunities in New Mexico that treated PW reuse offers

These five working groups and their associated Task Committees are designed to work in an integrated fashion to address both the technical risks (Infrastructure, Treatment, and Water Quantity and Quality Working Groups) and environmental and ecological risks (Treatment, Risk and Toxicology, and Water Quality Working Groups) for various fit-for-purpose applications (Applications).  Working Groups and their associated Task Committees include interested member representatives from the Technical Steering Committee. These technical representatives are encouraged to be involved in multiple Working Groups and associated Task Committees to ensure that there is coordination and synergy of efforts across all the Working Groups and their associated Task Committees.

The NM-PWRC invites consortium members to express their interest to be on a TSC working group to someone on the Consortium Leadership Team so that we can include you on the working group roster. Each Working Group meets virtually using MS Teams on a regular monthly basis. The schedule for 2023 is as follows:

· Socio Economic and CBA - First Wednesday of the month 9-10 am MT (10-11 CT), starting January 4, 2023

· Public Education and Outreach - Second Wednesday of the month, 1:30 to 2:30 pm MT (2:30 -3:30 pm CT), starting Jan 11, 2023

· Treatment Technology - First Tuesday of the month 9-10 am MT (10-11 am CT), starting Jan 2, 2023 (Project Assessment Teams (PATs) - calls weekly during pilot project testing and evaluation)

· Infrastructure And Scenario Planning - Second Tuesday of the month 9-10 am MT (10-11 am CT), starting January 10, 2023

· Water Quality and Risk and Toxicology - Biweekly, the Second and Fourth Mondays of each month, 11 to 12 pm EST (9 to 10 MT or 10 to 11 CT), starting Jan 9, 2023

· (By invitation only) EPA WRAP - State Coordinating Council on Produced Water Research - Second Monday of the month 1-2 pm MT (3-4 pm ET)