Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method for extracting oil and natural gas from deep rock formations. One of the primary concerns with fracking is the quality of the water used in the process, as it can have significant impacts on the health of those in the communities around fracking and the environment itself. This is because fracking fluid can cause health problems and environmental damage when not adequately contained.
Many individuals are fearful of fracking due to the harm it can cause, however, this is where water treatment comes into play and can make a significant difference in the adverse outcomes of fracking on our water supply.
The Top Concerns
As we stated above, one of the main concerns is that contaminated water used in fracking can have serious health and environmental consequences. As a result of the chemicals used in fracking fluid, drinking water supplies can be infected, aquatic ecosystems can be damaged, and soil and air quality can be negatively affected, each of these impacts can last decades if not properly handled.
Further than just the impacts improper fracking has on the environment and the health of our population is the effect it has on the process itself. As a result of contaminated water, fracking can also become inefficient, as the rock formations may need to be fractured effectively and the oil and gas released.
The Role of Wastewater Treatment Plants
In order to ensure that fracking water is free of contaminants, water treatment sites are essential, as each of these sites uses a variety of techniques to clean the water, including flocculation. Flocculation is the process of combining smaller solids into larger flocs to help separate the contaminants from water, making it safe for use in fracking. Most flocculants used today are polymers due to their price, effectiveness, and benign environmental impact.
Polymer can be used in the water treatment process to remove contaminants more efficiently and effectively, making fracking water safe and clean. Doing so can decrease the risk of environmental damage, protect local water supplies, and improve fracking’s efficiency.
The Benefits of Using Clean Water in Fracking
So, what are the benefits of using clean water in fracking? Contrary to belief, it has several significant advantages, including reducing the risk of contamination of drinking water supplies and harming aquatic ecosystems.
Clean water can also improve the efficiency of the fracking process, leading to higher yields of oil and gas. In turn, fracking efficiency can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas sources, a major national security concern.
The Main Take Away
Water treatment sites can help protect both human health and the environment by ensuring that fracking water is free of contaminants. Enerco Services can help supply you with the polymer you need to conduct fracking processes in a safer and more ecologically smart way.
By working together to ensure that we are using clean water in fracking, we can help to create a more sustainable and secure energy future for us all.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!