The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium and the San Juan College School of Energy are holding a public educational workshop on the current state of research and development on the purposeful treatment and reuse of water produced from oil and gas from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: 30:00 p.m. November 3rd, at the San Juan College Center of Excellence, School of Energy, 5301 College Blvd., Farmington, New Mexico.
Doors will open at 6pm to sign up for the breakout group. The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium is a collaboration between New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Environment Department.
The topics and sessions of the workshop include an overview of the production of produced water in New Mexico; Activities of the consortium such as current research and testing of technologies for the treatment of produced water, public access and availability of a new data portal on the quantity and quality of the water produced in New Mexico; Research on the Social and Economic Impacts of Recycled Water Reuse on New Mexico; and current research on human health and toxicology of purified water.
The workshop allows participants to choose training sessions to get detailed information and ask questions. A final session will be held to encourage additional dialogue among participants, including a question-and-answer session with all faculty.
In 2021, the New Mexico oil and gas industry was generating approximately 60 billion gallons of water produced, more than 160 million gallons per day. Recycled produced water has the potential to supplement or replace freshwater in many useful applications in a time of long-term drought and declining freshwater availability in New Mexico.
The New Mexico 2019 Produced Water Act gave the New Mexico Environment Department and NMSU the impetus to sign a letter of intent to form a consortium to conduct important research into the treatment and appropriate reuse of produced water. The consortium works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lead national research and development efforts in this area to support the development of appropriate science-based regulations, permits, and guidelines for the safe use of purified water.
Entry is free to the public and seating is limited. Safe practices will be put in place on COVID-19, including masks and social distancing. To register and receive the meeting agenda, visit https://nmpwrc.nmsu.edu/.
Author: Randy Shaw
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