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World Water Week: 2 Key Takeaways

World Water Week: 2 Key Takeaways

A key theme in World Water Week was “un-tapping” wastewater; that is, viewing wastewater as a valued resource instead of as something to discard. Currently repurposed wastewater accounts for only 2.41% of all water use globally. With the growing gap between freshwater supply and demand, we must rethink our traditional approach to water use (freshwater in, wastewater out) and find ways…

Brewers Stamp Out the Stigma of Recycled Water with Craft Beer

Brewers Stamp Out the Stigma of Recycled Water with Craft Beer

Three brewing companies in the Denver area have begun brewing beer made from recycled water. The breweries received shipments of direct potable reuse water produced by a mobile water treatment plant this week; the 330 gallons of water delivered to each brewery are earmarked to become Colorado’s first craft beer from recycled water.

Why Low Water Rates Are a Bad Sign

Why Low Water Rates Are a Bad Sign

The US’s aging water infrastructure is wasting 2 trillion gallons of treated drinking water resulting from about 240,000 water main breaks each year; modernizing the infrastructure will be a frustrating but necessary challenge at both the commercial and residential levels, says Gillan Taddune of Banyan Water.

Stormwater Fees Jump in Windy City, Colorado Springs

Stormwater Fees Jump in Windy City, Colorado Springs

As city infrastructures age, organizations will increasingly face the threat of higher stormwater fees. Case in point: Arlington Heights, in suburban Chicago, is implementing a new stormwater utility fee for businesses to help fund flood control projects throughout town, according to the Daily Herald. While small businesses (up to 40,000) … Read more »

How Much Motor City Water Does Coke Use, and What Does It Cost ‘Em?

How Much Motor City Water Does Coke Use, and What Does It Cost ‘Em?

The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Detroit returned 48% of the water it purchased back to the city as wastewater in 2016, according to a spokesperson, while PepsiCo said it returned 60% of the water it purchased as wastewater. Coke and Pepsi purchased a total of 113 million gallons of water and … Read more »

Brewery Blows off City Water, Dodges 300% Utility Increase

Brewery Blows off City Water, Dodges 300% Utility Increase

Breweries, known for using large amounts of water that is eventually discharged into a city’s water treatment plant, face the potential for steep increases in sewer rates as craft- and microbrew breweries put increasing pressure on a municipalities water infrastructure. But at least one brewery is solving the problem on its own by building an on-site … Read more »

C&I End-Users Gain a Competitive Advantage w/Decentralized Water Treatment, Says Frost & Sullivan

C&I End-Users Gain a Competitive Advantage w/Decentralized Water Treatment, Says Frost & Sullivan

Industrial and commercial end-users could see a strong competitive advantage if they choose new, innovative and decentralized solutions for water and wastewater treatment, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan. Water scarcity, severe water stress, and stringent regulations to control pollution in water bodies are supporting the growth of … Read more »

Water Reuse Innovation Leads to Top-Selling Pickle Product

Water Reuse Innovation Leads to Top-Selling Pickle Product

As water management issues increasingly take the limelight on the world’s sustainability management stage, organizations as diverse as the NFL, Anheuser-Busch and Timberland are seeking new ways to conserve water on a massive scale with tactics like better stormwater management or irrigation practices. But smaller companies, too, have found innovative ways to conserve. The … Read more »