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Water Quality in Areas of Oil and Gas Production - Produced Water Ponds

Produced Water Ponds Reporting

Senate Bill 83 Section 45 (statutes of 2015) requires that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) post on its website a status report on the regulation of oil field produced water ponds within each region by January 30, 2016, and every six months thereafter.  For the purposes of this report, a produced water pond is a surface impoundment used to store and/or dispose of produced water. Produced water ponds are permitted only when the local Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) determines that the discharge will not adversely impact water of current or potential future beneficial use.  The report includes the total number of ponds in each region, the number of permitted and unpermitted ponds, enforcement actions, and the status of permitting the unpermitted ponds.

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For more information about produced water ponds in the Central Valley Region you can visit the Central Valley Board oilfield disposal ponds webpage.

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