Water Conservation and Recycling

Fresh water is an essential resource to Californians, and California Resources Corporation (CRC) plays a constructive role in addressing the state’s drought by extensively reusing and recycling water from oil and gas reservoirs that would not otherwise be available.

We are constantly reviewing our fresh water use and looking for opportunities to decrease consumption. Our water management team consists of hydrologists, environmental scientists, engineers and operations personnel. They work together to implement conservation and recycling projects to sustain fresh water sources in the communities where we operate. Where possible, the team also focuses on developing alternative water sources, like repurposing produced water from oil and gas reservoirs.

Even though most of the water we use for our operations is recycled water, we have invested in significant water recycling and treatment facilities that ensure that our fresh water use does not affect the availability of water to cities, towns, farms and ranches near our operations. These investments have enabled CRC to become a net water supplier to agriculture. In fact in 2015, we supplied more than 2.6 billion gallons of reclaimed produced water for agriculture – far more than the amount of fresh water we purchased for our operations in California. Because of California’s severe drought, we expedited a major water reclamation project and increased our water supply to agriculture by 30 percent from 2014 to 2015. We continue to evaluate projects to replace fresh water with recycled water in our operations wherever feasible and to provide even more water to local water districts and farms.

The vast majority of water managed by CRC, called “produced water,” occurs naturally in hydrocarbon reservoirs and is brought to the surface during the production of oil and gas. CRC separates produced water, which is typically salty and not suitable for drinking, from the produced oil and gas. We reuse or recycle approximately 77 percent of our produced water, typically in a closed loop system by reinjecting it into the same oil and gas reservoirs from which it came. This is an integral part of our improved or enhanced oil recovery operations. The remaining produced water is either treated and supplied to agriculture for irrigation or disposed via reinjection into approved zones designated by regulatory agencies. Through our internal recycling and our supply of produced water for agriculture, we continue to reduce the demand on fresh water resources.

Related:

CRC 2016 Water Brochure CRC 2016 Water Brochure