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Administered by the Utah Division of Drinking Water


Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water

Utah has significant reserves of natural gas and oil. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are important technologies which enable increased production of these essential natural resources. In Utah, we currently use about 2000 wells and springs as public drinking water supplies; and 33 of those wells and springs, in 22 public water systems, are located within recognized oil and gas fields.

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining provides information regarding hydraulic fracturing in Utah. Well operators in Utah are required to report the type and amount of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to the FracFocus chemical disclosure registry within 60 days of when the hydraulic fracturing work is performed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides information on natural gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing. The EPA is currently studying hydraulic fracturing and potential impacts on drinking water.

Utah Public Water Systems with Water Sources in Oil and Gas Fields

Book Cliffs/Grand Valley

  • PR Springs
  • Westwater Ranger Station

Clay Basin Field

  • Questar—Clay Basin Camp

Covenant Field

  • Sigurd Town Water System

Mexican Hat

  • Mexican Hat SSD

Summit County

  • Camp Pinecliff (Methodist)
  • Cluff Ward Pipeline Co

Uinta Basin

  • Camperworld—Lakeside Park
  • Cedar Ridge Academy
  • Neola Water and Sewer District
  • Roosevelt Town Water System
  • Starvation Reservoir
  • Uriah Heeps Springs Water System

Wasatch Plateau

  • Clear Creek Camp—Alpine School Dist
  • Clear Creek Utilities Inc
  • Huntington—Castle Valley SSD
  • Huntington Canyon
  • North Emery SSD
  • Old Folks Flat Campground
  • Scofield Town
  • Skyline Mine
  • Stuart Visitor Center