Produced Water Treatment

Produced Water Treatment

Market Overview

Produced water treatment and management are increasingly critical factors for the energy industry, as government regulations become stricter. With increasing water scarcity and rising demand from growing populations, industrial facilities are being tasked with the challenges of reducing water usage. This is particularly true for hydraulic fracturing operators who are in need of viable frac water treatment solutions.

Vista Projects is a demonstrated leader in produced water treatment and management. Vista has implemented systems to reduce water use by enhancing water recycling while ensuring that safety and costs are kept at the forefront. Our experience includes designing specialized processes to maximize a facility’s ability to reuse produced water.

Reusing produced water is essential to limiting environmental impacts, lowering operational costs and gaining regulatory approval, especially for commercial facilities.

Vista helps clients analyze their water to select one or more proven technologies and implement a cost-effective, fit-for-purpose solution.

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Produced Water Treatment Capabilities

Ion Exchange (SAC/WAC)Vessels containing resin remove hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) as well as other multivalent ions.
  • Hardness removal
  • Multivalent ion removal
Lime Softening (Warm & Hot)Created using a combination of chemicals, a lime sludge bed reduces and removes a variety of contaminants from inlet water.
  • Silica removal
  • Bulk hardness removal
  • Alkalinity reduction
 FiltrationRemoves particulate matter in water streams and in the final stages of hydrocarbon removal.
  • Hydrocarbon removal
  • Iron removal
  • Suspended solids removal
Gravity SeparationUsed for bulk hydrocarbon removal, a carefully designed gravity separation system ensures maximum effectiveness of installed residence capacities.
  • Hydrocarbon removal
Induced Gas / Static Flotation Gas bubbles introduced into a water stream facilitate the flotation of hydrocarbon within the unit. Commonly used as a secondary oil removal process
  • Hydrocarbon removal
EvaporationUses thermal or mechanical energy to create a distilled water stream available for reuse.
  • Total dissolved solids removal
CentrifugesRemoves bulk suspended solids from a water stream, resulting in a sludge and clean centrate stream.
  • Suspended solids removal
MembranesStrips dissolved gas from a water stream, a critical step in meeting water quality requirements for downstream equipment.
  • Dissolved gas removal
Inclined Plate Settler (Lamellar Decanter)Removes large volumes of solids / particulate matter from a water stream.
  • Particulate removal
Chemical TreatmentCarefully prepared and measured chemicals injected upstream facilitate other separation methods required for the success of downstream processes
  • Oxygen control
  • Precipitation (e.g. oxidation of iron for filtration)
  • Chemical preparation for use (e.g. flocculants)


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