Will water still be needed as the play matures?

Water is essential to the safe development of clean-burning natural gas. And as the Associated Press reports, natural gas producers in Pennsylvania continue to recycle and reuse more and more water. Water management-related technologies continue to evolve, by the day, helping to ensure our water is safe for all. Penn State University excerpts have complied a great deal of data regarding natural gas production-related water use. This from the PSU experts:

Each drill site requires between 3 and 5 million gallons of water per frack. Pennsylvania uses about 8-10 million gallons of water per day for Marcellus Shale drilling, which represents approximately .1% of the 9.5 billion gallons of water the state uses daily.

As mentioned, the vast majority of this water is ultimately recycled and reused for future operations. See more information here about the climbing industry-wide recycle and reuse rates.