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Few natural resources are as essential for human development as fresh water, and its importance will only rise as the world’s population increases and developing economies continue to grow. The world is not running out of water, but it is not always available where people need it or in a form that is easy to use. At Shell, we are taking steps to manage our use of fresh water in a responsible and sustainable way, with tailored local and regional solutions.
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.