News Briefs: Bay Area Brewery Transforms Onsite Greywater Into Craft Beer

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, firefighters put out a blaze at a wastewater treatment facility in Virginia

News Briefs: Bay Area Brewery Transforms Onsite Greywater Into Craft Beer

A pilot project in the San Francisco Bay Area successfully converted 2,000 gallons of treated water from a residential high-rise into over 7,000 cans of beer. Epic OneWater Brew, a high-profile initiative, used treated greywater to create potable beer through an intensive filtration and disinfection process. Epic Cleantec's OneWater onsite water-recycling system facilitated the transformation by transporting the purified water to Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. in San Carlos. There, Chris Garrett and his team crafted a Kolsch from the treated water.

This recycled-water beer stands out due to its unique sourcing. Travis Loop, producer and host of Waterloop and lead organizer of the Pure Water Brewing Alliance, notes that Epic's approach marks the first instance of using water from an onsite recycling system. The pilot project highlights the potential for responsible water use and reuse in the beer industry and beyond, paving the way for a more sustainable future in consumption.

Firefighters Douse WWTP Blaze in Virginia

Firefighters in Lynchburg, Virginia, recently reported attending to a fire at a wastewater treatment facility on Concord Turnpike. Fire crews discovered burning debris within an old storage tank.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that contractors had been extracting old metal from the tank when they spotted smoldering debris atop the structure. Using a ladder truck, firefighters managed to control the blaze in just 15 minutes. Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the incident did not involve any chemicals.

Tanker Truck Crashes and Spills Fuel Into Toledo Sewer

A recent tanker truck crash resulted in a spill of over 1,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel in Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department responded to the incident, with the hazardous materials team assessing the situation and discovering that the fuel had entered the sewer system.

The City of Toledo Environmental Services confirmed that the affected sewer would feed directly into the city's water reclamation system, where the fuel would be remediated. Officials have determined that no gasoline reached the public waterway, and the spill remained contained within the sewer system.


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