In this episode, anchor Brock Yordy wraps up a talk with water law expert Jesse Richardson we started last week. Richardson this week gives us the rundown on droughts in the parts of the U.S., and what water scarcity means for the industry and its customers.

“We’ve had a long period of time where water has essentially been free or very low-cost,” Richardson says. “I think that’s over. I think we’re going to have to start paying for water and we’re going to have to start thinking about those people who can’t afford to pay for water. How are we going to make sure that everybody has access to clean drinking water?”

This episode also features an interview with Derek McGladdery, president of Derex Inc., who talks to use about rig design and dual-rotary.

This episode covers:

  • Extreme weather events and construction site safety plans
  • Designing drill rigs to drill, set up faster and more safely
  • Dual-rotary drilling rigs
  • Droughts in the Western U.S.
  • Cuts to consumption on the Colorado River
  • Senior vs. junior water rights
  • Increasing costs for providing water
  • The role of domestic wells as part of water diversification

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