One of the biggest challenges relative to Permian sand mine infrastructure, which is critical to the successful development of these facilities, is the availability of a viable supply of water for not only sand production, but potable use as well.
A significant amount of effort has gone into finding reliable sources of water at each of these facilities, whether onsite or sourced from local providers. Though many facilities have been able to find water onsite, some have been required to purchase water from local providers.
This purchased water requires the installation of distribution pipes and additional infrastructure. Regardless of the delivery system or the location of the mine, the water used in these sand mines is almost exclusively sourced from groundwater; specifically, drawing from the following aquifers:
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