Water Transfer

Water Transfer and Automation—the leading edge of efficiency and performance

Keystone Clearwater provides piping, high volume pumps, manifolds, and pump watch to unify the process of supplying water for hydraulic fracturing.  Keystone’s experienced team will design, install, and operate a water management system for any variety of hydraulic fracturing set-ups, including tanks, above-ground storage, and earthen impoundments.

Keystone’s technically trained operations team will provide an uninterrupted flow of water for fracturing operations and refilling of working tanks at the rates desired by natural gas companies, including all requisite redundancy to ensure the success of each project.

Extensive design, planning and preparation is critical to the success of a hydraulic fracturing operation and Keystone prides itself on taking all necessary steps to make sure that each fracturing operation is completed in a timely and budget conscious manner.

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Keystone will supply, install, operate and remove all necessary manifold systems, piping, valves, fittings, pumps, containment, controls, filtration unit, fuel and fuel tanks, winterization equipment, pigging system, and related equipment as required to support the working tanks and hydraulic fracturing operation at a client-designated water transfer rate, according to client preferences and overall site conditions and layout.

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In conjunction with Water Transfer Services, Keystone can provide replenishment transfer support from an off-pad source to meet daily water transfer requirements. Replenishment and transfer flows may vary, depending upon project requirements, elevation changes, pipe sizes, transfer distance, and pump selection.

Design & Set-Up


Prior to the commencement of mobilization, Keystone Clearwater will develop a Piping & Instrumentation Drawing (P&ID) for each water transfer set-up, which illustrates the complete pump, piping, and valve set-up at each location. Keystone has developed this customized design service for its customers in order to maintain Keystone’s Quality Assurance Program and Safe-Operating requirements.



A typical mobilization effort will include the installation of between 500 and 1,000 lineal feet of HDPE piping or lay-flat hose, laid from a water storage location to the well pad overland across an approved and accessible route. Keystone’s effort will include all labor necessary to operate and maintain the pumping and piping systems being operated by Keystone in support of the hydraulic fracturing of the well.



During Water Transfer Operations, Keystone’s experienced operations managers, supervisors, and water-support technicians will be on-site and maintain customer communication to operate and manage the delivery of critical water management services in support of the water transfer operation. This effort will include pump watch activities and redundant pumps sufficient to complete the job and meet prescribed requirements. Keystone is dedicated to high level reporting and provides detailed reports to clients daily.


As appropriate in winter season, Keystone will also provide any requisite winterization of the pumps, piping and working tank manifolds in advance of and during the hydraulic fracturing process. Keystone is experienced in maintaining consistent water flow in sub-freezing conditions and has extensive experience with pigging pipeline systems. Keystone has well-established SOPs for winter conditions and will work with its clients to determine best-practices for water transfer winterization.

Water Filtration & Screening

Keystone will supply and operate up to 100 barrel-per-minute portable water strainer units and bag filters to assure delivery of debris-free water to support each water transfer. Keystone’s technical staff is experienced in various water filtration and screening techniques and will work with your water management team to meet the needs of a particular set-up.

Technology & Automation

Keystone is committed to investing in technology and automation to remotely monitor and report tank and pond levels. Keystone has successfully developed pump controllers to remotely control pumping systems that reduce labor and decrease costs to operators.

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Newest addition to our pump fleet is the NGP-1 Natural Gas powered water pump. This pump is clean burning and capable of providing cost savings and greater efficiency to our clients.