News Briefs: Ten Arizona Breweries to Offer Reuse Beer at Celebration

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, an NPR story highlights water challenges in Martin County, Kentucky

Ten of the Scottsdale, Arizona, area’s most popular craft breweries are now serving specialty beers brewed specifically for the One Water Brewing Showcase – a one-of-a-kind event designed to help change public perception about the purity of recycled water.

The One Water Brewing Showcase will be held Nov. 8 and 9 at the Scottsdale Waterfront as part of Canal Convergence, Arizona’s premier interactive, immersive arts experience.

The showcase is a joint effort between Scottsdale Water and Scottsdale Arts to celebrate Scottsdale having recently received the state's first – and only the third in the nation — permit for direct potable reuse.

The groundbreaking permit effectively establishes a model for cities across Arizona and globally to begin working towards reusing their precious water resources for future, long-term water sustainability. The One Water Brewing Showcase is part of a sustained effort to normalize public perception about recycled water and the eventual widespread process of direct potable reuse.

NPR Story Highlights Water Challenges in Martin County, Kentucky

A recent story on NPR is shining a light on Martin County, Kentucky, where some citizens are electing to drink water trickling from a mountain spring rather than drink tap water from the local municipal water source.

There’s been lingering distrust over the water in the county since 2000, when a 306-million-gallon coal slurry spill tainted the county’s water source and leeched into groundwater.

Since then, the county has made strides in providing safe drinking water for citizens, but now the residents say rates are too high. After a number of increases, rates went up 41% last year alone.

Read the full story Martin County, Kentucky’s water woes here.

Former Operator Sentenced to Probation After Spill

After pleading guilty in August, a former wastewater plant operator for Union Pacific Railroad who allowed oil to spill into an Oregon river from an overflowing tank was sentenced to two years of probation and a $2,500 fine.

Court records say the operator, Robert LaRue Webb II, was distracted by a cellphone call when he allowed the 1,800-gallon spill to occur.

Cleanup costs totaled more than $500,000. Webb apologized to the citizens of Oregon for the incident.


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