CSU develops monitoring system to test water quality in wells

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DENVER -- Colorado State University water engineers have come up with deep-well sensors, which are inserted in gas and oil wells to monitor any impact hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality.

“We know 63 percent of the state’s 2,200 new gas and oil wells drilled in Colorado were drilled in Weld County, which is why we have ten test sites here,” said Dr. Ken Carlson with CSU. “The hope is to give realtime data to anyone with a computer, on any type of impact fracking might have in their community.”

The sensors monitor change—both good and bad—and in eight months, while there has been change registered, most is related to farm substances on crops.

Former Governor Bill Ritter heads up the CSU Center for The New Energy Economy and is confident the program will help allay any fears about fracking and what effect the process can have on water quality in the aquifers where our drinking water comes from. The goal is to install many more monitors on wells around the state and the nation.

You can get up-to-the-minute information from wells in Weld County here.