Managing a Valuable Commodity

At Concho, water is critical to our operations. Throughout the development lifecycle of a well, we seek ways to reduce waste and reuse produced water. 

We source a portion of the water we use from treated municipal and commercial wastewater sites—effluent water that is not suitable for human consumption. To the extent possible, we move water by pipe, reducing the need for trucking and limiting our surface impact.

We manage this vital resource in a number of ways, including:

  • Utilizing best-practice designs for our water storage facilities to ensure our storage facilities meet or exceed applicable regulations.
  • Maintaining our wells with a goal of protecting groundwater quality during and after wellbore construction.
  • Employing several water evaporation minimization strategies, including carefully planning our water storage pond orientation to reduce water evaporation caused by dominant winds.
  • Partnering with third parties to recycle and reuse produced water.
  • Optimizing our water transportation and distribution systems to minimize loss.

Midland Basin water recycling efforts

We entered into an agreement that provides us with a significant volume of treated effluent water per day—water that we use for drilling and completions. We purchase this water from a third party. A 125-mile pipeline system transports the treated effluent water to our areas of operation in the Midland Basin. The pipeline, which incorporates water storage facilities, can accommodate up to 125,000 barrels of water per day. This is just one example of how we work to locate and use diverse sources of water.