In this week's water and wastewater news, Lone Tree Brewing Co. announces its plans to brew beer out of recycled wastewater; and a former wastewater supervisor gets jail time for his role in a 2014 explosion


A brewery in Denver, Colorado, has announced plans to brew and blind taste-test beer made with recycled water.

Lone Tree Brewing Co. recently took delivery of 330 gallons of direct potable reuse water from CH2M. The company plans to brew a beer called Double Take before tasting it at ReUse Fest in mid-October.

“With water under increasing demand, we want to do our part to build a sustainable future, and that’s why we excitedly accepted this opportunity with CH2M,” company owner Tina Pachorek told Fox 31 News.

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Source: Fox 31 News

Former Wastewater Supervisor Gets Jail Time for Role in Explosion

A former supervisor for Santa Clara Wastewater Co., who was facing criminal charges for an explosion that took place at the plant in 2014, was sentenced to seven months in jail.

Kenneth Griffin Jr., 22, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to impede the enforcement of an official from Ventura County Environmental Health Department, failing to warn of serious concealed danger, and misdemeanor violation of labor safety standards.

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Griffin had instructed a vacuum truck driver to suck up chemicals from large plastic containers. The driver was later eating lunch in the cab of the truck when the vehicle’s tank exploded.

Source: Ventura County Star

Small California Water System Has E. Coli Scare

E. coli made it into the small-town drinking water supply of Butte City, California. A test came back positive for the bacteria earlier this year, and the drinking water technician who performed the test rushed to the town to warn of the danger and investigate.

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The technician, Greg Loe, found cows in a park near the town’s dilapidated well and pump, and the area surrounding the housing was littered with manure.

The town’s chlorine pump had broken, and someone tracked manure into the pump house during repairs.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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Body Discovered in Oklahoma Treatment Reservoir

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are investigating the grounds of the AB Jewel Water Treatment Plant after the body of an angler was discovered in a reservoir.

The Tula Fire Department received a phone call reporting fishing gear on the bank of the reservoir, and the body was later recovered.

Police aren’t sure at this time what caused the drowning.

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Source: Tulsa Channel 2


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