New Midstream Water Sector Develops in Response to Increased Water Needs in the Oil and Gas Industries

As the oil and gas industries continue to increase lateral drilling operations, the industries need for water resources continue to increase respectively. Fracking operations have dramatically increased, propelling the lucrative industries forward at a rate that has proven difficult to sustain in terms of water supply and financial demand. Now requiring three times the amount of water, fracking operations are racking up an impressive bill that is expected to meet or exceed at least $136 billion over the course of the next ten years.

As the need for water to sustain fracking operations increases, the cost and financial ability to meet those needs will also climb – it is this troubling realization that has industry leaders frantically searching for ways for operators to effectively cut costs accrued through water usage, machine use, and maintenance. In 2016 alone, the Marcellus and Permian fracking operations spending reached nearly $200 million – and it is expected to rise exponentially this year to approximately $300 million.

The increase in demand for water services essential for supporting fracking operations has led many water transport firms to capitalize on the current market, leveraging their company assets to build more pipeline networks and transportation services. Having established a substantial lead in the development of horizontal wells throughout the last six years, Texas and Oklahoma dominate the oil and gas industries through their fracking efforts.

It’s interesting to note that salt water wells mitigate the needs for excessive water re-use service in areas that aren’t able to generate water for its re-use in fracking efforts – leaving only about 10% of water to be sourced through treatment and reuse systems. It is through this method that Texas and Oklahoma have been fortunate enough to sustain their needs for water resources, effectively reducing the overall cost of their operations. However, Ohio and Pennsylvania are located in regions that pose more of a topographical challenge, making well solutions hard to come by. It’s in these less fortunate regions that water service costs visibly skyrocket. 

As the water management and services industry continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of the gas and oil industries, trends emerge, leading local water authorities to entertain potential business opportunities while transportation businesses divert their focus to their potential role in water management and transport services. As industries keep pressing forward to achieve a common goal in which all will profit, water reuse is projected to steadily increase to 16% over the course of the next ten years – and the environment is reaping the water conservation benefits.

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Wastewater Reuse in Agriculture: It’s More Common Than You Might Think

New studies have revealed that the reuse of untreated wastewater collected from cities is a much more common practice than what was originally assumed. Where previous studies used the analysis of case studies to determine the frequency of incidence in untreated wastewater reuse in agriculture, newer methods of comprehension, such as geographic information systems, are being put to use in more recent studies. These more conclusive methods of study have measured more than just the direct reuse of wastewater – in fact, they’ve been able to successfully investigate the frequency of indirect reuse of wastewater – an assessment not possible before. 

Since a method for assessing indirect wastewater reuse hasn’t existed until recently, the majority of untreated wastewater re-use had gone un-noticed for years, illustrating a picture that is far from the reality. The reuse of untreated wastewater for agricultural purposes has been much more widespread than society has been led to believe. 

With the health of the public remaining one of the top priorities, researchers emphasize the importance of establishing sustainable methods for effectively treating wastewater for its reuse on farms and in the preparation of food items. With resources limited in third world countries, new methods of treating wastewater at a capacity that is feasible are a necessity for procuring health and growth. 

Farmers reliant on the use of wastewater for irrigation are often prepared to use raw, untreated wastewater to meet the needs of their agricultural practices. With a large supply of nutrients present in untreated wastewater, its use generates a higher rate of crop growth and decreases the need for excessive amounts of fertilizers – serving as a cost-effective method for sustaining crops and producing a plentiful harvest. 

Unfortunately, the massive health risk that accompanies the improper or absent treatment of wastewater reuse for farming and irrigation purposes is substantial. A large number of farmers, consumers, and vendors have exposed the potentially harmful bacteria that has the potential to make severely ill. On the flip side, organic matter and nutrients within the wastewater have the potential to sustain and grow agriculture, leading to a more secure future for many communities. 

The end goal is to uncover a way in which we can harness the potential of wastewater and other available resources to achieve growth and prosperity while simultaneously protecting the best interest, and ultimately the health, of the people. 

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The True Cost of Water Scarcity

Day after day we hear about how the world is on the verge of an all-out water crisis. We worry about how our faucets will no longer have water streaming through them and how our lawns will turn to dirt.  The problem is really much larger and much scarier than that.  The reality is that our economies and future wealth are based on access to inexpensive and unlimited water supplies. Industrial water consumption makes up 22% of global water use (UNWATER 2012). Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies realize that water scarcity poses a significant risk to their business success in the future and have started to plan on how to mitigate their risks through strategic water management practices.

Companies are recognizing that the cost of water has risen significantly over the past decade and will continue to do so, as droughts continue to burden regions across the globe. As water prices increasingly reflect the true cost of water, companies will be forced to spend more thereby either raising the prices on goods or make less on margins. Many organizations are turning to onsite water reuse and reclamation as an option for cost savings to build a sustainable economic future for their companies.  When looking at water reuse as an option, many organizations are finding that water reuse is a twofold solution for their wastewater. First, onsite wastewater reuse can prevent costs and fines associated with regulatory violations and second the reuse can curb stakeholder criticism due to companies contributing to water pollution problems.

The control of an organization's available water resources is out of their hands. Inevitably, a company’s available water supply is dependent on local availability. IF the water supply is not managed correctly by the utility it can be devastating to the businesses success.  As water becomes more scares, companies will have a harder time accessing resources.

One way of cutting water consumption in industry is through the reuse of wastewater. While this notion of recycling wastewater once had a bad rap, advanced technologies are allowing for safer and more efficient ways of reusing wastewater streams. By reducing the amount of water use by industries, this can lower water withdrawals from local water sources thereby assuring more water availability for the residential communities. This can have a profound impact on community relationships. Wastewater reuse can also have huge environmental implications. By lowering the volume of discharge and pollutants into the environment this can alleviate the environmental impact of discharge.  

Wastewater reuse in industry can take place within a business or between businesses and has the potential to reduce costs for businesses both on water bills as well as the cost of wastewater treatment. Depending on the contaminants present in wastewater and its future reuse, it can either be directly reused, or treated and reused (recycled).

Advanced Technologies are becoming more readily available for industrial applications in water reuse. If you are ready to learn more about the future of wastewater recycling contact us today.

The Rising Cost of Water

There's a common economic paradox about the price tag on drinking water and value. Our current economic climate places prices on things predicated on scarcity and value. Water pricing is now more widespread, with the dual goal of expanding supply and encouraging more responsible use. So long as water remained abundant, the cheapness of drinking water is not likely to change. However, the price of water has entered into serious questioning. 

The price tag on water increased 4 percent this past year, according to Circle of Blue's annual survey of 30 major U.S. Cities. The increase persists a steady upwards climb in drinking water prices that display investment in new facilities and a reply to declining drinking water sales. The normal price climbed 48 percent since 2010.

However, the demand is changing as businesses and homeowners nurture a conservation ethic. They are simply installing appliances and fixtures that use considerably less water than their forebears. They are also purifying and recycling their wastewater.

Relating to Jeff Hughes, director of the Infrastructure Finance Center at the Infrastructure of North Carolina is the necessity to recognize that normal water demand, like demand for energy, is not increasing at the speed that was once projected. It may fall even.

Utilities feel the pressure from all sides

Three main causes push against Normal water Utility managers. The first is revenue. Utilities must earn enough money to keep Drinking water treatment and circulation systems that, for large systems, include thousands of miles of pipe and vast amounts of US dollars in assessed value, while buying new facilities such as water recycling plants also.

Another factor is conservation. Utilities are observing sustained declines in the quantity of water resident's use. Indoor drinking water use in America decreased to about 22 percent since 1999, basically because of reliable clothes washing techniques and toilets, according to a recently available study.

The third concern is equity. Utilities must be sure that rates are reasonable: affordable for those that are the poorest in our country and more severe for those that love to waste our precious resource.

Controlling the three causes is always a hard job. More conservation can dent revenue, for instance, and the necessity for more earnings can upend affordability. These conflicting fads exerted more pressure on utilities last year than previously.

Response of Utilities

Utilities are changing their billing methods. Changing, quite simply, the way in which they create revenue. Many utilities are employing an increasing block rate structure. For instance, Fort Worth, which uses increasing block rates, shrunk how big the blocks are. Under this kind of rate, the first gallons of normal water is cheap relatively, but the cost increases as more gallons are consumed.

The San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) also revamped its rate framework because of earnings concerns. Inside the restructuring, San Antonio lower its rate for very low volumes of drinking water, supplying conservers a discount, and spread the rest of its earnings more across the year evenly. This structure comes from the realization the water is valuable all year round not just in the summer months.

Philadelphia, at the demand of the City Council, which was functioning on concerns about affordability, is creating a water rate predicated on income.

Just as in the declining revenue available to build and repair highways -- the total result of rising costs, more gas efficient vehicles, and less travelling -- financing water systems is a challenge due to a mismatch between costs to operate a water utility and the utility's earnings source.

The size of the infrastructure need, reveals three problems for the government: using existing federal government funds better, attracting general population and private financing, and dealing with affordability issues for poor households.

The thousands of miles of distribution pipes beneath the city roads, the lengthy drinking water distribution and treatment System are damaged or brittle now. Rebuilding will never be cheap but it is achievable if the political difficulties in the allocation of water decrease, and that using prices to lessen consumption can be more acceptable. In these dry times, water must not be free.

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USFCR Client Active Water Solutions, LLC Receives Army Corps of Engineers Contract

Houston, Texas, June 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- US Federal Contractor Registration – the world’s largest third-party government registration firm – is pleased to announce that Verified Vendor Active Water Solutions received its first government contract since completing its System for Award Management (SAM) Registration.

The contract, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, calls for Active Water Solutions to design and manufacture a packaged wastewater treatment plant, which should have a lifespan of 30 years, given routine operational maintenance.

The contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – the second contract Active Water Solutions has received – is valued at $693,000.

In business since 2009, Active Water Solutions makes available to its commercial and government clients wastewater treatment plants in a packaged containerized design.

“Our solutions provide a mobile wastewater treatment plant for temporary or permanent use that is easier to maintain and operate compared to other conventional wastewater treatment plants,” said consultant Stephen Lewis. “By focusing on low flow (less than 500 gallons per day), we can provide customized systems depending on our clients’ situations.”

Though based in Houston, Texas, Active Water Solutions can ship its products anywhere in the world.

“Our products are easily installed, operated, and maintained, and can be shipped nationally and internationally,” said Lewis. “We’ve designed our products with flexibility, durability, transportability, and ease of use in mind.”

Lewis described his experience working with US Federal Contractor Registration as “wonderful and beneficial,” and added that the company “is extremely reliable and finds solutions to any concerns I bring to them.”

He added that his acquisition specialist, Gina Wright, “goes out of her way to ensure we take advantage of all resources at our disposal.”

Eric Knellinger, president of US Federal Contractor Registration, says that companies like Active Water Solutions are exactly the types of companies that the government looks for when considering contract awards. 
                                                                                                
“By providing high-quality products and services, and being able to work with clients not only in Houston but also across the country, Active Water Solutions has positioned itself to excel as a government contractor,” said Knellinger. “And, in my opinion, it’s the companies that deliver time and again that seem to find the most success.”

US Federal Contractor Registration helps its clients complete and maintain a System for Award Management (SAM) Registration, access contact information for federal buyers in their industries, develop award- and contract-winning marketing techniques and plans, and also uniquely position themselves for success.

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New Legislature in California Shows Increase in Awareness for Water Conservation

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In California, bills have been introduced to mitigate future water crises from causing a widespread negative impact on the golden state. After having faced one of the longest, most damaging droughts in its history, California’s residents have experienced and learned first-hand the consequences of drought and the importance of water conservation efforts. In a state like California where water scarcity is a very present and recurring issue, the shift in usage behavior is extremely vital to the state’s well-being and sustainability – and though the drought has come to an end, Californians aren’t taking a naïve approach to their times of water availability. 

During the drought, the awareness of the importance of water conservation wasn’t the only thing taking place. The widespread lack of water sparked a motivation to prevent similar water shortages from occurring again. Making note of climate change and the rapidly growing population and the inability to meet the demand of the state when sourcing water from rivers and aquifers, officials decided that it was time for a change.

During the drought, Californians stepped up to the plate and displayed an ability to significantly reduce water consumption as awareness for the need of water efficiency and conservation grew. In recognition of the need for this awareness to propel water conservation efforts forward, Connect the Drops businesses are supporting a new set of bills and proposals for funding that would allocate monies to be dedicated to remedying California’s water crises. 

Where new technology and water treatment plants require a great deal of time and money to implement, Californians have proven their ability to conserve water and reduce the depletion of water from other sources. The new bills will support the widespread conservation of water as well as the collection of water that is conducive to healthier soil and increased crop production. Additionally, the bill directs urban water municipalities to evaluate their water sources and put into place a definitive plan that would sustain their cities in the event of another drought, ensuring that adequate supplies would be accessible in times of need. 

The legislative initiatives are anticipated to provide fewer disruptions in water availability to the consumers while ensuring that efforts are being made to remedy a long-standing problem, long-term. Promising sound solutions, the bills will not only prepare the state for drought before it strikes, but it will better enable the state to respond if a drought does occur. 

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Santa Monica Turns To Water Reuse

As Santa Monica progresses towards achieving their citywide goal to become completely self-sufficient in their water sourcing, the city has recently introduced its new water reuse system at Santa Monica’s Los Amigos Park.

As Santa Monica progresses towards achieving their citywide goal to become completely self-sufficient in their water sourcing, the city has recently introduced its new water reuse system that will be put to use at Los Amigos Park this week. The system will aid in the city’s efforts towards self-sufficiency by collecting rainwater and runoff that naturally flows to the site for recycling and reuse at various locations throughout the park. 

The water will be treated at the site at which it is collected, and will then be distributed throughout the park to be used as water for flushing toilets and maintaining the lawn and gardens. As the city continues to pioneer dry weather runoff recycling and reuse collected from sprinklers and other sources of runoff, authorities are hopeful that their efforts will prompt other cities will install the systems and be compelled to follow suit. 

The city’s initiative took off after Dean Kubani, Santa Monica’s chief sustainability officer, shed light on the shortfalls of the city’s current method of acquiring water. Dependent on imports from the Colorado River and water resources in Northern California, Mr. Kubani expresses that these means of sourcing are both unsustainable and capable of making a significant negative impact on the bodies of water from which they are acquiring the majority of their water. 

The city is hopeful of the promise offered by the new system that is processing an average of 500,000 gallons of water each day. The water has already had the ability to sustain a variety of local parks, cemeteries, and buildings capable of utilizing recycled water. 

The project has overcome quite a few obstacles in that the city’s guidelines for water treatment had to be modified and adapted to allow the new method of collection and treatment. The new system utilizes an already present drain to collect the water runoff, and the water is then treated first by a filtration process, and then by UV treatment in order to rid the resulting water from potentially harmful pathogens that could jeopardize the health of any living body that might come into contact with it. Nearing purity of drinking water, the water is successfully treated and reused for use in flushing toilets and irrigation systems. 

The project is overseen by the city and the Santa Monica-Malibu School District, offering a great opportunity for education, continued innovation and a step in the right direction towards the city’s goal of total water self-sufficiency. Offering new application for water recycling from outdoor to indoor use, Santa Monica’s water recycling and reuse project is turning heads and sure to make new strides widespread in neighboring cities. 

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Secretary of the Interior Affirms More Than $23 Million to go to Water Reclaim and Reuse Efforts 

Secretary Zinke recently announced that more than $23 million will be dispersed to seven states, designated for water reclamation efforts, water reuse projects and initiatives, and studies that aim at analyzing the efficacy of water recycling efforts, further propelling the clean water movement. 

The funding will allow for the recycling and reuse of reclaimed ground and surface water sources, making it possible for the acquisition of tools necessary for dispersing water throughout communities facing water scarcity issues.   As these essential tools are only a piece of the solution to the water scarcity puzzle, a portion of funding will go towards helping communities in need develop systems capable of storing larger capacities of reclaimed and recycled water for reuse. 

Approved by Congress, the reclamation project will allocate funding for all facets of the project, from planning, to design, and necessary construction assignments. Six specific projects will receive the majority of the funding according to need in various amounts. The projects include the City of Pasadena Water and Power Department’s, Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, the City of San Diego’s, San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, the Hi-Desert Water District’s, Hi-Desert District Wastewater Reclamation Project, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s, Lower Chino Dairy Area Desalination and Reclamation Project, the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s, San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s, South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project. 

Thirteen other city-level studies in California, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Washington, and Nevada will receive a portion of the remaining funding. $1.7 million will be awarded to each study in varying amounts according to necessity to fund their efforts. 

Of the final almost $850,000 that remains, four research projects will be financed. Research initiatives include, the Demonstrating Innovative Control of Biological Fouling of Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membranes and Enhanced Chemical and Energy Efficiency in Potable Water, the Site-Specific Analytical testing of RO Brine Impacts to the Treatment Process, Pilot Test Project for Produced Water near Hardtner, Kansas, and the Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Truinfo. 

While the funding awarded to each of the aforementioned studies, projects, and research initiatives seems substantial, the truth is that in order to resolve the water scarcity crisis, much more time, and money, will be necessary as water reclamation, recycle, and reuse is something that is only more recently become accepted as a suitable solution. With the many benefits that accompany reclamation processes, it’s clear that the investment is a just priority. 

Providing clean water to communities nationwide is the goal at the forefront of the initiative. With funding approved and provided by Congress, it is a step in the right direction in terms of establishing a sustainable clean water supply for all communities, in the hopes that one day we are able to assist other nations in implementing the same vital resource management. 

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Maintaining Conservation Awareness and Accountability Beyond Times of Water Shortage

 

 It’s not uncommon to observe an increase in behavior conducive to water conservation in times of obvious water shortage, but in order to remedy waste tendencies, these practices and the heightened level of awareness must continue in times when the resource is plenty.

During one of the most lengthy droughts that lasted an astonishing 5 years, the state of California saw a notable increase in awareness of personal consumption and an impressive positive shift in conservation efforts in the short-term. Conservatory inclination was primarily due to the present lack of water and impending unavailability of the resource, prompting residents to limit their usage of such a valuable resource.

The drought prompted residents to install and implement the use of rainwater and gray-water conservation systems in an effort to reduce consumption and limit waste. Through these efforts, a remarkable emergence of ethical value became widespread, bringing new life to the parched state. Water consumption reached a record low at a rate of 57.5 gallons per person daily – a proposed target range that was once viewed as impossible to achieve.

It’s surprising that more people aren’t utilizing the collection of rainwater to accommodate their water consumption needs. Drastically reducing the footprint of consumption in a simple and effective way, gray-water conservation systems make the task incredibly easy, leaving a substantial amount of water from river sources unscathed.

During drought, awareness skyrockets – media, local utility authority and communities all prioritize awareness and accountability of water consumption. The issue lies in times when the resource isn’t abundantly scarce. People are inclined to assume that when droughts have resolved, there is no longer a need to be conscious of water consumption, however, this belief is simply not true.

Executive Director of Wholly H2O, Elizabeth Dougherty, explains that water remains one of the most valuable molecules responsible for sustaining life of our entire population and it should be acknowledged and respected as such. By showing gratitude for our life-source in times of both drought and plenty, we can avoid future water crises, and we will develop an overall higher level of respect and consciousness of our consumption patterns and the health of our people and our earth.

The reality is, we currently draw approximately 80% of urban water stores from rivers. When we contemplate the long-term effects that the depletion of our water sources pose, it’s evident why the need exists to be perpetually mindful of our impact on our environment and our consumption of our most vital resource. If the residential and agricultural communities collaborate to collectively conserve water, our watersheds may remain capable of nourishing generations to come.

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Reports Claim Contaminated Water Disbursement Prevalent Among Population

According to a report recently made available by the environmental activist group, Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 75 million Americans were consuming contaminated water that had been dispensed by their local municipal water systems. The contaminated water in question was found to contain elevated levels of lead and copper – both of which are capable of causing serious health problems when consumed.

As budget cuts led to the development of a proposal to eliminate spending for programs designed to protect community drinking water, the risk placed on small communities in need of replacement of outdated and deteriorating water systems continues to increase. The threat of this new reality is most prevalent in rural communities, as records show that it is the small, rural communities that encounter the most violations and highest levels of contamination. The disproportion in water quality is largely due to lack of financial resources and technological availability – the problem is expected to continue to worsen as budget cuts begin to be implemented.

Contaminants like lead, copper, arsenic, and certain bacteria pose a substantial risk to the water systems, water quality, and the health of the public. Sadly, nearly two million American people have lived in communities where they were unknowingly exposed to a highly-contaminated water supply, where regulations were insufficient and poorly enforced. Many of these communities were small – maintaining consistency of the claim that small communities remain most at risk. In fact, well over half of the water quality violations and health-related claims reported took place within these smaller, neglected communities.

At the heart of the matter is the consistently lacking financial resources. Smaller communities simply cannot afford the equipment and maintenance necessary to adhere to the regulations that have been put into place in an effort to maintain consistency and accountability of water quality. Thankfully, the NRDC continues to advocate for the right of all communities to have access to clean water, free of harmful contaminants.

As published in their report, the NRDC asserts that an increase in funding is not only suggested but necessary in order to establish a safe supply of drinking water for the population and better the economy. Explaining that the proposal would create jobs and make meeting regulations attainable, the system would create and uphold a higher standard of purity as a target goal created on the foundation laid by the Safe Water Drinking Act of 1974 – legislation that was responsible for establishing the monitoring of drinking water in regards to a set of standards for protecting the health of the community.

In order to secure a truly safe supply of drinking water, officials must take into consideration the health of the communities and prioritize the updating of aging water systems, the enforcement of water quality standards, and ensure that future funding for maintenance is available to maintain the highest quality drinking water – and the EPA is working to do just that as they continue to persevere towards their goal.