Brackish desalination studied for Oklahoma aquifer

The Central Oklahoma Water Resources Authority (COWRA) in the USA is currently working with local company Guernsey Engineering and California’s Separation Processes Inc to do a feasibility study and pilot project to use brackish water from the Garber Wellington aquifer which underlies 3,000 sq miles (7,700 km²) of central Oklahoma.

Shawn Lepard, a consultant working with the authority, told D&WR, “We are seeking to get a more comprehensive idea of our groundwater quality before selecting a wellfield and discussing the size of any desalination facility.”

COWRA, which includes the municipalities of Mustang, Yukon, Calumet, Okarche and Canadian County, recently sent representatives to view two recently completed Guernsey desalination projects in Phoenix, Arizona. They also visited two Abengoa projects in Texas.