Produced Water Conference

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New Mexico Produced Water Conference

"Policy, Regulations and Economics to Support Total Resource Recovery"

2-day Conference:

Thursday, November 15,2018

Friday, November 16, 2018
8am - 5pm


The oil and gas industry in New Mexico is currently facing two major water management challenges that threaten to limit future development in the state: management of produced water and acquisition of fresh water for drilling and development. This conference seeks to explore these issues, discuss potential solutions and a path forwards for industry and government.



The conference is intended for oil and gas, water treatment and management, and economic development professionals. Our goal is to encourage collaboration among stakeholders to synthesize and improve New Mexico and federal regulatory and environmental frameworks; and to foster economically viable opportunities to enhance fresh water conservation, produced water resource recovery, and produced water beneficial use. The format will have speakers, panel discussion, and a poster session. Speakers include:

  • Administrators from New Mexico, the EPA, and the Department of the Interior discussing produced water issues and trends.

  • Representatives from the oil and gas industry and midstream companies on reuse of produced water and technical and policy challenges in New Mexico

  • Technical experts on emerging produced water treatment approaches, reuse, and resource recovery options

  • Private equity, legal, and state infrastructure experts on the requirements, logistics, regional economic development opportunities, and viable cost structures to industry and developers.


Agenda: Click here to view or download!


Session Sneak Preview!

“The Art of the Possible”: Technical & Economic Challenges and Opportunities for Produced Water Recovery, Use & Reuse


Mike Hightower, Research Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of New Mexico & V.P., New Mexico Desalination Association (NM Desal)


  • James P. Welch, Director of Business Development, Veolia Water Technologies, & Dale Cunningham, P.E. “Produced Water Treatment and Discharge in the Kern River Region of California”
  • Jerel Bogdan, Vice President of Engineering, Eureka Resources LLC, “Disposal to Produced Water to the Susquehanna River and Product Generation from Recovered Salt”
  • J. Hubble Hausman, CEO, Enviro Water Minerals Company, EWM, “Product Recovery from Desalination Concentrate and Produced Water Opportunities in NM”
  • Amanda Martin-Brock, Chief Operating Officer/CCO, Solaris Midstream, “$300M Investment in Water Infrastructure to Capture and Treat Water and the Opportunities for New Mexico"
  • Bill Hochheiser, Senior Energy and Environmental Manager, ALL Consulting, "Lessons Learned on Produced Water Reuse Permitting”


Registration is $150 for the 2-day conference ($50 for students)



Emerald Level Sponsorship - $5,000 Sponsors the Luncheon, which will be held Friday, November 16, 2018. It also reserves space for your logo, bio, contact information in the conference program and on the sponsors page of the website as well as exhibit space. Emerald level sponsors will receive four complimentary registrations to the conference, and a 5 minute presentation opportunity during the luncheon.

Diamond Level Sponsorship - $2,000 Sponsors the Breakfast on Friday, November 16, 2018. It also reserves space for your logo, bio, contact information in the conference program and on the sponsors page of the website as well as exhibit space at the conference. Diamond level sponsors will receive two complimentary registrations to the conference.

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $1,000 Sponsors the reception on Thursday, November 15, 2018. It also reserves space for your logo in the conference program and on the sponsors page of the website, as well as exhibit space at the conference. Platinum level sponsors will receive one complimentary registration to the conference.

Gold Level Sponsorship - $500 Gold Level Sponsorship reserves space for your logo in the conference program and on the sponsors page website, as well as exhibit space at the conference.

Silver Level Sponsorship - $250 Silver Level Sponsorship reserves space for your logo in the conference program.


Click Here To Register and Sponsor



Call for Poster Abstracts!

The 2018 New Mexico Produced Water Conference is a perfect opportunity to exchange information, update professionals, scientists and regulators on projects, and collaborate with your colleagues on new ideas. We are seeking abstracts for posters from both professionals and students for an evening mixer poster session on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Posters pertaining to a broad range of Produced Water issues are welcome including treatment, desalination, transportation/storage, economics, environmental issues, alternative or beneficial uses, regulations and management.. Example Topics: Desalination, Pretreatment, Concentrate Management, Waste Management or alternative uses, Salinity Policy & Government, Challenges and Progress in Developing, Brackish or Saline Groundwater for use in Oil and Gas. Salinity in the Environment and Water/Energy Nexus For poster approval, please submit your electronic abstract by Monday, October 29, 2018 to: Submittal should be less than 200 words in a MS Word format. They should include title, name of author(s), organization and e-mail address of the primary contact person.

Poster Session November 15th - abstract deadline Oct. 29, 2018 See our call for abstracts





ImageImageA block of rooms is reserved at the Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa at a special room rate of $119 per night.
Please call 1-877-259-3409 and mention New Mexico Produced Water Conference.

The room block and rate is reserved 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference.

The room rate includes waived nightly resort fees, complimentary wifi and parking. This room block is honored until October 16, 2018. All reservations after October 16, 2018 will be accepted on a space & rate available basis. So Book Now!

Hotel Santa Fe is conveniently near downtown Santa Fe at the intersection of Paseo de Peralta and Cerrillos Road. The only Native-American owned hotel in downtown Santa Fe, it has provided travelers with a welcome for over 25 years. The pet-friendly hotel features a spa, art gallery, gift shop and the award-winning Amaya restaurant (currently TripAdvisor #20 out of over 400 restaurants in the area)





This conference is presented by: New Mexico Desalination Association and our co-sponsors; New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute and Petroleum Recovery Research Center, A Division of New Mexico Tech.