US firm brews beer recycling wastewater from apartment building

The firm brewed the beer to highlight benefits of reusing wastewater

Epic Onewater Brew

A water recycling company in the US, to drive home the message of water sustainability, brewed beer recycling wastewater from an apartment building. The beer was served to delegates at the sustainability conference in San Francisco.

Epic Cleantec, a water management and reuse company brewed beer to serve at Greenbuild, reportedly largest sustainability building conference which was held in San Francisco. The firm made 'Epic OneWater Brew' beer to highlight the need for water reuse. 

Epic Cleantec collected wastewater from 40-storey luxury high-rise apartment building and it was sent to breweries who made crisp Kölsch-style ale from the wastewater. Cleantec in a blog on its website said the luxury high-rise building has a recycling facility which could treat 7,500 gallons of water per day. “Greywater, specifically collected from laundry and showers, is treated to exceptional standards and is then reused for toilet and urinal flushing within the building,” it said.

“Epic transported nine totes of this recycled water from the building to our brewing partners at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. Over 2,000 gallons of recycled water was transported to our brewing partners to begin its two-week transformation into an unbelievably crisp Kölsch-style ale. By the end of October, the brewing process was completed, and our Epic brews were professionally canned and labelled with a silhouette of the Fifteen Fifty building featured prominently,” Cleantec said. 

The firm said globally, people in buildings consume 14 per cent of the planet’s potable water resources, with little reused. Experts believe onsite water reuse systems could become a useful tool to make cities more sustainable. 

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