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A message from Sourcewater CEO, Josh Adler

March 11, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,   We’re all shocked at the crash in energy markets over the past week.   Producers are rushing to slash operating expenses to weather this storm, while hoping not to cripple future prospects.   For many onshore oil wells, produced water management — water hauling, transfer and disposal — is the…

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Oil industry is slowly finding a use for its wastewater

February 24, 2020

Oil field wastewater is more often being used for drilling and fracking operations in places such as Texas’ Permian Basin, experts say, helping to preserve freshwater and to solve one of the industry’s persistent problems.

Millions of gallons of water are needed to bring into production a single well for horizontal drilling and …

Sourcewater launches DirtWork Alert™ Satellite Intelligence for Permian Basin Sitework

February 5, 2020

Sourcewater scans the entire Permian every 3-5 days to spot well pad construction that predicts new drilling months before permits or rigs Houston, Texas. — February 5, 2020 — Sourcewater, Inc., announced DirtWork Alert, a patented oilfield satellite intelligence service.  DirtWork Alert enables Sourcewater clients to see new Permian Basin oilfield development on the ground…

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Sourcewater Awarded by Frost & Sullivan for Its Digital Water Intelligence Platform for the Energy Industry

December 3, 2019

Read the full report here. The data-driven Sourcewater platform quantifies, visualizes and predicts oilfield water production and disposal in the Permian Basin and other U.S. shale plays SANTA CLARA, California, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the North American upstream oil and gas (O&G) water supply chain market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Sourcewater, Inc. with…

Sourcewater, Inc. Announces $7.2 Million Series A Funding

September 4, 2019

Sourcewater, Inc., the leader in oilfield water intelligence, has closed a $7.2 million Series A share offering led by Bison Technologies, Marubeni Corp and major energy family offices. Houston, Texas, September 3, 2019: Sourcewater, Inc., the leading provider of oilfield water intelligence, closed a $7.2 million Series A share offering led by Bison Technologies, with major…

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Permian Space Race: Satellites become latest tool for competitive shale play.

August 29, 2019

By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle | August 29, 2019 Forget the moon. Forget Mars, too. While China, India, Russia and the United States jostle for an interplanetary edge, an intensifying space race is underway in the outer reaches of the earth’s atmosphere where energy companies are seeking to gain a competitive advantage in the Permian Basin….

Sourcewater Acquires Competitor’s Assets, Eyes Further Buys, CEO Says

December 6, 2018

Sourcewater, a Houston-based oilfield water intelligence company, recently acquired a competitor and is considering further acquisitions, said CEO Josh Adler. Adler, who is the principal owner, initially founded the company in 2014 as an online oilfield water and recycling marketplace, he said. He soon realized that the developing water ecosystem was generating demand for more…

Permian Pulse: Using Satellite Imagery Analytics To Track the World’s Busiest Oil Play

December 6, 2018

Original Credit: Matt Zborowski, Technology Writer, Journal of Petroleum Technology 01 December 2018 A trip on Highway 285 between Fort Stockton, Texas, and Carlsbad, New Mexico, is both fascinating and horrifying for the average commuter in the US desert Southwest. The 140-mile stretch of two-lane road can take hours to traverse on a given day…

Sourcewater Featured in Midstream Business Magazine: Water Management: Three Pipes in a Ditch

April 6, 2018

Based on volumes of production, the industry that calls itself “the oil and gas business” should properly be called the “saltwater business.” In some conventional and most shale plays, there are six or eight barrels (bbl) of water brought to the surface for every barrel equivalent of hydrocarbons. What to do with it? Posted on…

"Boom brings renewed push for water projects:" Sourcewater featured in OA Online

February 25, 2018

Volumes of water pumped into Permian Basin oil wells surge with rising oil production, and oil companies in this arid region face renewed pressure to shore up supplies and curb their reliance on fresh water.

"Water demand gives rise to new midstream market:" Sourcewater featured in MRT

February 22, 2018

Midstream got its turn in the spotlight Thursday at the second day of the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference at the Horseshoe Pavilion.

Sourcewater featured on NPR: A Market Solution to Texas Groundwater Woes

January 19, 2018

Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end of this year.

Sourcewater announces strategic funding from Marubeni Corporation

September 17, 2017, the water marketplace for the energy ecosystem, received funding from Marubeni Corporation, a fortune global 500 trading and investing conglomerate. HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 18, 2017 – Sourcewater, Inc. (, a spinout from MIT’s Energy Ventures program, announced that it had received funding from Marubeni Corporation (, a $65-billion revenue global trading company that is…

In the Permian Basin, a rush to become the ‘Uber for the oil field’

February 28, 2017

Network effects matter, even with water trucks and drilling rigs. By Lydia DePillis, Houston Chronicle | February 24, 2017 MIDLAND — On a highly traveled stretch of highway heading out of this West Texas city, Tim Greer turned into a lot near a disposal well and pulled open the door to a wooden shed that has been…

Startup offers “online booking” for industrial water

January 5, 2017

MIT alum’s website helps companies find, ship, and recycle water, reducing environmental impact. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office January 4, 2017 MIT alumnus Josh Adler MBA ’13 is a matchmaker. In the mid-1990s, he launched and sold, one of the first online matchmaking websites, which is still operating today.   Two decades later,…

The EnergyMakers interviews Sourcewater Founder Josh Adler on why operators are going online to cut their largest cost: Water

October 31, 2016

  Russ Capper sits down with Josh Adler, Founder and CEO of Sourcewater, the water exchange for the energy ecosystem. They discuss the significant cost of water in the production of unconventionals, and the potential savings offered by using Sourcewater’s online exchange for water sourcing, recycling, hauling and disposal. Click here to watch the full…

Marcellus Operators Save Money With Online Water Management

October 27, 2016

Marcus Gay, Novus Technical Services LLC Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 9:30am   There are few good options for water sourcing and disposal for upstream energy producers in Pennsylvania. The practical solution that has evolved in the region is operator-to-operator trades of produced fluid and freshwater. Most operators have participated in at least one or…

Eagle Ford Frack Water Challenges To Parallel Price Recovery

October 24, 2016

Steve Toon Editor-In-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor Hart Energy Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 11:21am SAN ANTONIO—Despite the sharp fall in the number of wells being drilled in the Eagle Ford Shale over the past couple years, a significant increase in lateral lengths and proppant loading has actually elevated the amount of water used in…