WEF Alliance Promotes Brewing Beer With Reuse Water

WEF Alliance Promotes Brewing Beer With Reuse Water

The Water Environment Federation has convened the Pure Water Brewing Alliance as an informal group of utilities, brewers, associations and companies interested in the use of purified water for brewing beer. The aim is to build public understanding of the water cycle, showcase water treatment technology and advance water sustainability through reuse.

Beer is made of about 90 percent water. Technology allows water resource recovery facilities to produce safe, high-quality purified water. Across the country, water resource recovery facilities and breweries are working together to make beer from purified water.

“Beer brings people together and spurs conversation, so this is a way to build public awareness about the ability to reuse water,” says Travis Loop, WEF senior director of communications and public outreach.

“Purified water is being used efficiently and safely in locations where additional water resources are needed,” Loop adds. “The water goes through numerous treatment barriers and is subject to strict testing requirements. Since there is no new water on Earth, all water goes through a natural cycle and is essentially recycled water before it is treated and tested and then returned to homes and businesses as drinking water.”

Since 2015, WEFTEC has featured reuse beer at the Sustainable Beer Smackdown, highlighting brewers from all around the country that use reclaimed water.


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