Wastewater Use on California Crops Raises Questions
By Peak Johnson
Known as “produced water,” wastewater from oil production is being used to irrigate crops across 95,000 acres of California’s Central Valley, where many of the country’s fruits and vegetables are grown. 95,000 is not as much as it sounds, according to reports, when compared to the 9.6 million acres of farmland California irrigates every year.
“Some hail it as an innovative way to recycle the massive amounts of oil industry wastewater, while others have decried the practice, saying the human health effects have not yet been studied enough in depth.”