- Clean Water Services, an Oregon wastewater treatment company, is challenging home brewers from the Oregon Brew Crew to produce beer made with traditional ingredients and one not so traditional — wastewater.
- About 300 gallons of highly purified water will be available for brew club members. The water will go through a process of ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and oxidation.
- The winning brewer pockets $100, second through sixth collects $50. The winning beers will not be sold, but will appear at an international water conference to be held in Chicago.
The company says it wants to highlight the impact advanced filtration systems can have on vital resources. These are not unchartered waters for Clean Water Services, which also sponsored a contest to make beer from river water. As larger populations stress the water supply, not just in Oregon, but nationwide, creative solutions are being found. It is not a far stretch to reuse wastewater for farming, but companies are being innovative and turning beer waste into biogas and using landfill waste for beer carbonation.