Fracking and Water Use

Fracking uses millions of gallons of fresh water per well, and will deplete our supplies leaving homeowners with low water pressure and insufficient quantities of water for drinking and bathing, is that right?

A:

It's right that it uses millions of gallons of water per well, yes, but who uses gallons as a measure any more? Only those that are opposed to fracking because they want it to sound like it will consume enormous amounts of water. Even the longest horizontal wells are unlikely to use more than 27,000 cubic metres each - that's roughly the same amount that 180 people would use in a day. Existing industrial and commercial uses of water dwarf the quantities that fracking will use, with homeowners prioritised in the event of drought conditions. We've put fracking's demand for water in context here.