New report compares fracking water usage with household water needs

A new report calls for improved collection of and public access to data on how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas impacts the size of water supplies available to households in Colorado.

Most of the debate over the impacts of fracking on water supplies has focused on how the practice affects water quality. The new report, however, from the conservation group Western Resource Advocates, attempts to raise awareness about what increasing drilling activity, particularly along the Front Range, might mean for water quantity.

Previous attempts at estimating water usage by fracking on a statewide level — which show that it pales in comparison to that of other industries, most notably agriculture — have “obscured the issue,” according to Western Resources’ Laura Belanger, the lead author of the report.

She said a more accurate calculation of the amount of water needed by fracking would compare its needs with the number of households who could be served by that water.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.


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