|According to Jeff Falk of Rice University, research brief from the Baker Institute for Public Policy concluded that an understanding and utilization of unconventional water resources can serve to increase water security and assist economic growth, effectively closing the gap between water supply and demand. One unconventional water source is brackish groundwater (water with high TDS between 1,000 and 10,000 ppm). For example, in Texas, oil and gas producers are using brackish groundwater as an alternative source of water for hydraulic fracking operations, especially in the Eagle Ford, Permian, and Anadarko basins. |
The authors warn that ineffective management of brackish water resources can impact fresh water reserves. Legislators and agency regulators must be careful to find the proper balance between deregulation that may lead to environmental harm and restrictions that may make the use of brackish groundwater economically unviable, they wrote.