With no drought relief in sight, Alpha Reclaim Technology is promoting the use of treated wastewater for hydraulic fracturing.
Based in Bryan, the company has opened its first location on State Highway 123 in Karnes County that is in the midst of the Eagle Ford boom.
"If all our water was used on a daily basis, we could displace freshwater use in the oilfields of Texas by 6 billion gallons," said Jeremy Osborne, the company's general counsel.
Osborne said Alpha Reclaim has bought and treated 21 million gallons of wastewater from more than 20 Texas cities.
"We've had to sell it to city councils and the Legislature and now the companies," Osborne said.
He said the oil and gas industry
is showing increased nterest due to mounting pressure to use recycled water, instead of freshwater.
"They use 34 million gallons a day. Each well takes 5 to 7 million gallons," Osborne said.
He said although recycled water is just as effective for fracturing, it's also just as expensive.
He said water sells for $0.35 $0.50 cents per gallon in the Eagle Ford.
"We're right on that price point," Osborne said.
Osborne says his company has not approached San Antonio about buying its wastewater because the city already re-uses much of its water.
However, Osborne says if San Antonio has any left over, Alpha Reclaim Technology would consider buying it.