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Eagle Ford: Alpha Reclaim Tech to open in KC

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KARNES CITY -- As Texas grapples with rapid population growth and dwindling water supplies, a Bryan company plans to save the state 7.6 billion gallons per year by providing an alternative source of water for oil and gas companies to use.

Alpha Reclaim Technology, LLC aggregates treated wastewater (or effluent) from a growing list of more than 20 municipalities across the state, and markets it for use in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” As a result, oil and gas companies can reduce their use of freshwater to support drilling operations, and more freshwater is available for use as drinking water. The reuse of effluent for such activities advances a Texas Water Development Board goal of increasing the long-term Texas water supply.

In addition to preserving freshwater resources, using effluent in the oil field is advantageous because it is both competitively priced with freshwater and significantly less expensive than desalinating brackish water or treating recycled flowback water.

Moreover, using effluent provides a revenue source for local communities. Cities such as Karnes City will be able to use the revenue from effluent sales for projects, such as school improvement, tax cuts, or infrastructure development.

Ribbon cutting

Alpha will celebrate the opening of its first facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, March 1, at noon. The facility is located at 1751 N. S.H. 123 in Karnes City, and will be open 24 hours per day. Through an agreement with Alpha, BNN-Energy Corp. designed, constructed, and is operating the facility. More than 10,000 barrels of effluent are available each day at the facility on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit Alpha’s website at

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