Michael Dunkel, vice president for CH2M, believes water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. As shale plays become more established and commodity prices begin to recover, producers are looking for more-efficient and lower-cost water solutions for the longer term. In many cases, more-effective water management is only possible with water infrastructure. While there are challenges to building water infrastructure, there are many benefits for the producers and other stakeholders.
In recent years, sustainability has emerged as perhaps the most critical imperative of this century.