News Feature | September 25, 2017

Denver Breweries Latest To Utilize DPR Water For Craft Beer

Peter Chawaga - editor

By Peter Chawaga, Associate Editor, Water Online

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In the latest iteration of a familiar method for getting potable reuse to become more popular, three breweries in Denver will be making their latest batches using recycled water.

Late last week, direct potable reuse (DPR) water was delivered to three of the state’s beer makers courtesy of engineering firm CH2M.

“CH2M is spearheading the effort to drive sustainable water reuse technology and to build public acceptance of recycled water,” per Business Insider. “Metro-Denver brewing companies Lone Tree Brewing Company, Lost Highway Brewing Company and 105 West Brewing Company, will receive 330 gallons of direct potable reuse water produced by a mobile advanced water treatment plant in part designed by CH2M.”

In addition to showcasing the firm’s technology, the effort is meant to make the concept of DPR more palatable for consumers, who often don’t like the idea of water traveling from toilet to tap through purification technology alone, without a natural buffer.

“Direct potable reuse is a real solution for stressed water supplies and future-proofing water resources for resilient cities,” Larry Schimmoller, CH2M’s reuse technology director, was quoted as saying in the Business Insider report. “By applying this technology to something our state loves — local craft beer — we’re highlighting the positive impacts recycled water can have in communities, and helping build public support for similar initiatives.”

The treatment trailer will take reclaimed water from an Arizona-based reclamation facility and purify it using a multi-barrier process that involves ultra filtration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet disinfection with advanced oxidation, activated carbon filtration, and chlorine disinfection.

The brewing is should currently be in progress and special batches of the libations are due to be unveiled on October 13.

To read more about recycled water visit Water Online’s Water Reuse Solutions Center.

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