Friday, January 20, 2012

Sewage as drinking water?

"When the water [treated sewage water] finally reaches the tap, Fuqua [city manager] said, its origin is “something I wouldn’t think about at all.”

Texas oil companies have been drilling for oil and gas for decades, using countless trillions of gallons of fresh drinking water.  Today, the people are drinking reclaimed sewage water for their life-sustaining water source.  Does that make sense?

Las Vegas, New Mexico, is considering the same direction.  And they are poised to pass a regulatory oil and gas ordinance that allows drilling for natural gas to take place in San Miguel County.

One natural gas well when drilled and "fracked" uses upwards of 5 million gallons of clean drinking water.  And that well can be fracked as many as 19 times.  That is upwards of 95 million gallons of fresh drinking water per well. To each 1-2 million gallons of clean, fresh drinking water, 3,000 gallons of hazardous/toxic chemicals are added.  Does that make sense?

As of 2007, San Juan County, New Mexico, alone, had between 7,000-14,000 active oil and natural gas wells.

When our clean drinking water supply is perviously low and contaminated here in New Mexico already (743 industry reported case in San Juan County from oil and gas drilling according to O.C.D.) does natural gas development that uses and contaminates our clean drinking water make sense?

Angela K. Brown
August 15, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas  — In parched West Texas, it’s often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water.

So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water.

Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first in Texas. And officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors’ urine, promising the system will yield clean, safe water. Some residents are prepared to put aside any squeamishness if it means having an abundant water supply.