New Technology For Cleaning Frac Water Gets Positive Marks in Water Quality Test

May 30, 2014

Texas A&M University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coaxing natural gas out of shale rock takes water, a precious resource for Texas where droughts are frequent, and cities’ and businesses’ need for waters seems ever increasing.

This makes recycling this type of water for reuse more important than ever, said Dr. Michael Wetz, Associate Professor of Life Sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a water quality expert. This is the goal of one company receiving valuable research and business assistance from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

 “Our patented technologies greatly improve the methodology of removing contaminants from oil field wastewater, and compared with current methods, it is more cost effective, and can be done onsite,” said Jeff Soward, President of ARANA Water Technologies.

In the latest round of tests with Wetz, ARANA collected frac water from the Eagle Ford field at Briscoe ranch to be analyzed.

“I watched Mr. Soward’s group inject raw frac water into the system, which processed the samples for 26 minutes,” said Wetz. “The total petroleum hydrocarbons were reduced by greater than 99 percent.”

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