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Oklahoma Water Award Presented to Barton Water Recycling Team

Dec 12, 2017
Newfield was honored with an award for excellence in water resource management from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in recognition of the Barton Water Recycle Facility, November 1, 2017.


The Barton Water Recycling Facility, located in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, continues to earn the Company praise for its use of water conservation and management. 

Newfield was honored by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in early November with the “Water for 2060 Excellence Award.” The award was presented to Newfield’s water recycling team in recognition of the new, innovative Barton Facility and its contribution to water recycling and reuse in the STACK play in Oklahoma. The award was part of the 38th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference and Research Symposium held in Norman, Oklahoma.

Newfield was selected as a winner in the Energy and Industry category, meeting the project award criteria for achievements by:

  • Setting a goal for minimizing fresh water use
  • Measuring outcomes of our project goal
  • Innovating in water efficiency
  • Demonstrating process and positive results

Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague presented the award and remarked on Newfield’s commitment to reducing fresh water withdrawals from local surface water sources in STACK. Through the recycling of flowback and produced water from our STACK hydraulic fracturing operations at the Barton Facility, we are able to process more than 30,000 barrels of water per day—reducing the amount of produced water disposed in saltwater disposal wells.

Reed Durfey, water and technical services manager, had this to say on the importance of water efficiency in Oklahoma. “As operators in Oklahoma, we have a responsibility to be good water stewards. Every barrel of water recycled is a step in the right direction for continued improvement to our water resource management practices.”

The award was established in support of the Oklahoma Water for 2060 Act which created a statewide goal to “consume no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010.” Oklahoma was the first state in the U.S. to establish a goal, and Newfield is proud to support this effort with an investment of more than $40 million of water management infrastructure in the state.