The company’s approach frees up 1.2 billion gal per year of groundwater
On Dec. 18, Apache Corp. was recognized as the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year by the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District. The award honors industrial entities that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on district aquifers.
Apache collaborated with the city of College Station, Texas, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to procure effluent (highly treated wastewater) produced by the city to supply its drilling operations. This approach results in a reduced demand for water from local aquifers in Apache's operations and offsets the need for approximately 1.2 billion gal of groundwater per year that will now be available for other beneficial uses. The company also has committed to building new storage and treatment facilities that will further treat the wastewater from College Station's sanitation treatment plant, then store it until it is ready to be transported via pipe to the company's drilling sites.
"Apache is honored to be recognized for our efforts in College Station to reduce our groundwater needs," said John Christmann, executive vice president and chief operating officer of North America for Apache. "We are committed to driving industry-leading innovations that preserve a great quality of life in the communities where we live and work."