As part of our business strategy and commitment to sustainability, we have developed local water management operating practices for our drilling and hydraulic fracturing programs that minimize freshwater use and our impact on the environment.
Parts of our operations are located in water-scarce areas, which we evaluate by the concept of water stress. According to a 2014 report on water demand from Ceres, water stress is defined as the ratio of water withdrawal to mean annual available supply in a given area. To limit our competition for water in these areas, we utilize a fraction of the water that we have legal right to use and offset freshwater needs by recycling produced fluids. In Utah, a water stressed area, we recycled 96 percent of the water used in our operations in 2015 while disposing of only four percent. Company-wide, we recycled 42 percent of our total produced water in 2015 and beneficially-used a small fraction for irrigation and disposed of the remaining amount.