Re "Oil Companies should conserve water, too" (Viewpoints, July 30): A recent op-ed expressed concerns about water use and hydraulic fracturing. For two decades, Cawelo Water District who services more than 45,000 acres of crop land has partnered with Chevron Oil Company, who has developed innovative technology for water reuse.
As a grower, I know our district uniquely understands the need to participate in a variety of different programs to help improve water supply and reliability.
Water is a byproduct of oil production. Approximately nine barrels of water are produced with each barrel of oil. This water is then treated at separation facilities and later used for agriculture, groundwater recharge and environmental improvements.
Because of this reuse of water the energy, the industry has become an unexpected ally for agriculture in our region. These benefits extend beyond the Central Valley, which grows food that feeds the state, the nation and the world.
-- Roy Pierucci, Bakersfield