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…
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »