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Global supplies of fresh water are coming under pressure, as populations rise and developing countries experience rapid economic growth. Climate change may add to the shortages. The stress also affects supplies of energy and food, since the three are closely linked. Shell has found ways to manage its own water use and participates in global initiatives that help guide sustainable water management in industry. Together with others, we are working to find out more about the links between energy, water and food into the future.
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.
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.