Wise County, TX Water Not Well

From the Wise County Messenger: Water not all well

What’s in the water?

Total dissolved solids: 1,220 mg/L (EPA limit: 500 mg/L)

Chloride: 577 mg/L (EPA limit: 250 mg/L)

Sodium: 381 mg/L (EPA: 20 mg/L)

That sounds a lot like contamination from drilling waste. I’m wondering what else might be in that water.

Frac Water Chemicals Chemical Components (From MSDS)

Drilling Waste Management: Chloride

Contamination Found Near Natural Gas Drilling Sites

The ADEQ recently discovered higher than normal levels of chemicals including chloride and sodium in land and water samples at all 11 sites tested.

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  1. screwed again says

    I am not surprised at all by what is in the water. I have emailed the EPA about my concerns on this very subject. They told me they have no jurisdiction. They referred me to the Texas Railrod Commission. We all know the relationship between them and the drilling companies. I have emailed our representative Phil King, he didn't even have the courtesy to reply. I have emailed Aruba drilling with the same result. I have even emailed Preident Obama. I have talked to our county commisioner Danny White about the destruction of our way of life and the roads. I don't know where else to turn since nobody in charge gives a damn about any of us.

  2. Elizabeth says

    Trying to set up grey water recycling in my area but the city doesn’t want to allow residents to divert and reuse because they are accountable for contamination. I simply want an agreeable method to send waste to city treatment plant and recycle grey water and comply with the city’s refusal to allow private septic setups. I am on acreage and would like to keep dust down without using needed water resources. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Sorry I don’t know. I do know people in the city who recycle their grey water. It’s outside a permit though.

      I capture water from my roof in rain barrels. You can capture an amazing amount of water that way.