Project #4993

Potential of Oilfield Produced Water for Irrigation in California

$196,603
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Laura
Feinstein
Research Manager
Mr. Ashwin Dhanasekar
Contractor
Pacific Institute
Energy Optimization
Reuse
Desalination
Reuse, Agricultural
Treatment

Abstract

There are multiple efforts underway to better understand and regulate the reuse of oilfield produced water (OPW) for irrigation, especially impacts on crop health and food safety. This project will bring together novel research that is currently being conducted by various scientists and distill it into a set of recommendations and decision tools. A framework and an interactive online map will be developed to guide further expansion of the practice of reuse of OPW for irrigation. The research will address the chief barriers to expanding the practice: a lack of public confidence that there are sufficient protections in place, and lack of information on the extent to which OPW may represent an untapped resource of appropriate-quality irrigation water on an irrigation-district scale. Research partner: California State Water Resources Control Board.