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Shell and fresh water

We use advanced technologies and find new approaches to help limit the amount of fresh water in our operations.

Fresh water around the world

Discover examples of how we limit our fresh-water use, from recycling at refineries to naturally-irrigated sugar cane.

Down the drain… and into energy production

In an unusual arrangement with the City of Dawson Creek, Shell engineers in Canada are using treated waste water instead of precious fresh water to make natural gas wells productive.

A natural filter for water

Extracting oil sometimes produces a lot of water, which must be carefully cleaned before it is disposed of. In the desert of Oman, reeds are now used to filter this water naturally before it evaporates in the sun.

Making fresh water on a small island

Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore generates its own clean water, drawing on the surrounding sea.