Water Conservation and Recycling

California Resources Corporation (CRC) serves the state as a net water supplier by extensively reusing and recycling water from oil and gas reservoirs that would not otherwise be available.

CRC’s water management team of hydrologists, environmental scientists, engineers and operations personnel works diligently to implement conservation and recycling projects that decrease our fresh water use, develop alternative water sources like repurposing treated produced water from oil and gas reservoirs, and help to sustain fresh water resources in the communities where we operate.

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 expand our role as a net water supplier to agriculture every year since our formation. In 2016, we supplied nearly 4 billion gallons of treated, reclaimed produced water for agriculture – almost doubling our 2014 delivery and increasing our 2015 volume by 50 percent. This water delivery set a new record for our operations, and exceeded our total fresh water purchases by over 250 percent. More importantly, we supported up to 5,000 acres of productive farmland and associated farmworker jobs at the height of the state’s drought. 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 typically contains minerals, from the produced oil and gas. We reuse or recycle approximately 78 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.


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  • In 2016, CRC supplied nearly 4 billion gallons of treated, reclaimed water for agriculture, the highest water delivery ever from our operations
  • For every gallon of fresh water CRC purchased in 2016, we delivered 2.5 gallons of treated water to agriculture
  • Reduced our purchased fresh water volume by nearly 20% since 2014
  • Recycled 78% of our produced water in improved or enhanced recovery operations in 2016
  • Used recycled water for 99.5 percent of our Long Beach operation’s total water use.