Cheers! Breweries serving craft beer from recycled water

Ten of the Valley’s most popular craft breweries are now serving specialty beers brewed specifically for the One Water Brewing Showcase – a one-of-a-kind event designed to help change public perception about the purity of recycled water.

The One Water Brewing Showcase will be held Nov. 8 and 9 at the Scottsdale Waterfront as part of Canal Convergence, Arizona’s premier interactive, immersive arts experience.

The Showcase is a joint effort between Scottsdale Water and Scottsdale Arts to celebrate Scottsdale having recently received the state’s first – and only the third in the nation – permit for direct potable reuse, or the direct human consumption of recycled water.

The groundbreaking permit effectively establishes a model for cities across Arizona and globally to begin working towards reusing their precious water resources for future, long-term water sustainability. The One Water Brewing Showcase is part of a sustained effort to normalize public perception about recycled water and the eventual widespread process of direct potable reuse. 

Participating Breweries
Scottsdale Water is proud to have the following breweries participating in the One Water Brewing Showcase. Follow us on social media at #OneWaterBrewing for updates from each of the breweries on the types of beers they’ve created. 

  • Desert Monks Brewing Co
  • O.H.S.O. Nano-Brewery 
  • Uncle Bear's Brewery
  • Freak'N Brewing Company (in collaboration with Dubina Brewing Co)
  • Wren House Brewing Co 
  • Walter Station
  • Fate Brewing Co
  • Mother Bunch Brewing, Inc
  • North Mountain Brewing
  • Flying Basset Brewing

For more information about the Advanced Water Treatment Plant and a water quality report for the water being used for the One Water Brewing Showcase, visit Scottsdale Water's Recycled Water webpage. You can also get updates on the One Water Brewing Showcase on social media by following the hashtags #ScottsdaleWater #CanalConvergence and #OneWaterBrewing. 

Scottsdale’s History of Water Innovation Leadership
The Advanced Water Treatment Plant at the Scottsdale Water Campus has been performing indirect potable reuse – recharging ultrapure water into the drinking water aquifer – for over 20 years. Due primarily to the AWT, Scottsdale has recharged over 70 billion gallons into regional aquifers since 1988.

While the water produced by the AWT is considered ultrapure, even exceeding bottled water quality standards, up until 2018, there was a statutory preclusion in Arizona against using recycled water for direct potable use. Last year, the legislature removed that preclusion, but in doing so, did not establish a direct path toward how cities could build their infrastructure and testing protocol to achieve such a permit.

While the water produced by the AWT is considered ultrapure, even exceeding bottled water quality standards, up until 2018, there was a regulatory prohibition in Arizona against using recycled water for direct potable use. Last year, the State approved removing the prohibition, which allowed the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to permit water systems for direct potable reuse. 

“Scottsdale Water has always been at the forefront of water reuse innovation,” said Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian K. Biesemeyer. “We have been successfully operating our Advanced Water Treatment Plant to treat recycled water to ultrapure standards for over two decades. We are extremely proud to help not just Arizona cities, but communities worldwide, establish a path toward direct potable reuse and long-term water sustainability.”

Scottsdale will not be sending recycled water into the drinking water system. Instead, Scottsdale will continue to meet customer needs through its diverse water supply portfolio, which includes using indirect potable reuse to recharge the aquifer for future beneficial use. Other cities, however, are actively pursuing direct potable reuse as a long-term water source and Scottsdale’s executed permit provides a blueprint to guide them down that path. 

For more information about the Advanced Water Treatment Plant and a water quality report for the DPR water being used for the One Water Brewing Showcase, visit ScottsdaleAz.gov and search “recycled water.” You can also get updates on the One Water Brewing Showcase on social media by following the hashtags #ScottsdaleWater #CanalConvergence and #OneWaterBrewing. 

 

About Scottsdale Water
Scottsdale Water – the city’s municipal water utility – has been providing quality drinking water and advanced reclamation services to Scottsdale businesses and residents for over 40 years.  An industry leader, the utility has been recognized with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ Sustainable Water Utility Management Award – the highest industry recognition conferred to municipal water agencies – and as a Utility of the Future Today by the Environmental Protection Agency and its partners. 

About Canal Convergence
Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is a free, 10-day, public art event from Nov. 8–17, 2019, at the Scottsdale Waterfront. This year’s event follows the theme of “The Story of Water” and will feature numerous large-scale, light-based installations, many of which will have interactive components. In addition to the artworks, Canal Convergence features live performances, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, educational artist talks and all-ages workshops and activities throughout the event. Canal Convergence is nearing its goal of becoming a zero-waste event, and many of the activities will focus on sustainability. The event is organized by Scottsdale Public Art, a branch of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. 

Visit CanalConvergence.com for more information, including artist bios and detailed artwork descriptions.

 

 

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