E3 Solutions will use the following comparative example of current disposal methods used in drilling operations with the main focus of using E3’s Varimax-40 enhanced evaporation system versus trucking and injection: "The costs for hauling away wastewater for deep-well injection ranges between $0.07 and $0.17 per gallon. For a newly fracked well, the cost could reach $100,000 for transporting over 588,000 gallons of flowback – water levels produced from each basin, and indeed, each wellhead can vary. Plus, an additional potential 142,800 gallons each day of transported produced wastewater, at $20,000 per day. To haul water off-site for disposal over the 20-year life of a hydraulic fracturing well-project, it was estimated to cost $160 million (includes trucking costs, water disposal costs and labor)."-Source Energy Central website article.
At E3 Solutions, our technology helps clients reduce costs, not only monetary but environmental costs as well. We are thrilled to see clients businesses improve from the use of our enhanced evaporation technology.
One of the biggest questions I always get asked from potential clients wanting to incorporate enhanced evaporation equipment, is the containment of salt drift from high TDS waste streams. As technology improves and more studies evolve, one thing is for sure, salt is always in the atmosphere, mostly from the salt loading from the ocean due to natures design. Surprisingly, models and observations have proved tiny micron particles return to the sea in a short time frame.
Enhanced evaporation is without a doubt the least expensive wastewater treatment method in the marketplace. However, there are a couple of regulatory conditions when using enhanced evaporation that needs to be handled when treating higher TDS wastewater streams. The most common condition is overspray. While competitive equipment can only highlight pressure settings and micron spectra size through spiral nozzle manufacturing data, there is no way to control the droplet size using this method. Using E3's patented and proprietary variable motor speed control using localized wind parameters gives the user the ability to manipulate water droplet sizes. E3's recent droplet testing by Spraying Systems Company proves E3's technology can create the perfect droplet spectra's for increasing evaporation conditions and at the same time meet regulatory compliances.
A saltwater injection well in Oklahoma. Applications for similar wells in Kansas listed 15-day protest periods when they should have allowed the public 30 days to object. FILE PHOTO / KCUR 89.3
Billions of gallons of water are removed each year from the hydrologic cycle and injected into underground formations thousands of feet below the surface of the earth. Hydrologists agree that there is approximately less than 1% usable water for humans on our planet. With proven enhanced evaporation methods, why continue sending this precious resource underground out of the hydrology cycle?
When considering wastewater treatment cost, enhanced evaporation should be at the forefront of your discussion since the per 1000 gallons of evaporated wastewater is the lowest in the marketplace. Usually, evaporation ponds are designed and engineered solely on local pan evaporation rates. However, adding an efficient enhanced evaporation system will accelerate removal and withdraw the burden of stopping production or adding additional ponds to increase production and holding capacity.