The drive for oil in the prolific Permian Basin has generated two main byproducts with nowhere to go: huge volumes of natural gas and more than 500 million gallons of water per day.

Some Permian operators have largely resorted to flaring excess gas due to limited takeaway options. However, water produced from drilling is a different story. Each day, the Permian Basin produces three times as much water as oil, which creates a challenge with fewer easy solutions.

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