Boise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and Cider

first_imgStay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles The city of Boise, Idaho is putting on beer goggles and taking a long, hard look at how they process sewage. The result is an innovative, new recycling program, Pure Water Brew Boise, which takes water from one of the city’s water renewal facilities and cleans it, so it can be used to create tasty new beers and cider.Local officials are keenly aware that Boise needs to be mindful of how it uses water (Boise is situated in a desert region, after all). Even with the Boise River flowing right through town, it’s critical to look at ways to reduce usage. Breweries are notoriously heavy users, so they’re an ideal partner for an initiative like this.It takes a lot of water to produce beer. Even a particularly eco-friendly brewery likely uses around three gallons of water for every gallon of beer it brews.Four breweries are on board for the pilot: Barbarian Brewing, Longdrop Cider Company, Lost Grove Brewing and Mad Swede Brewing Company. They’ll be utilizing water that undergoes the final purification process on site.The equipment rides on the back of a semi like the one pictured above. It’s supplied by the Pima County Arizona Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department — which is recognized worldwide for the work it’s done.“The facility truck utilizes a five-step purification process including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, an ultraviolet light advanced oxidation process, and granular activated carbon for hydrogen peroxide quenching,” according to Treated sewage goes in and pure, clean water comes out… Then it’s into the vats for brewing.The Liv Boise website says the city processes about 10 billion gallons of wastewater every year. It’s easy enough to see how big an impact these purification systems could have on the city’s fresh water use.That’s good news for the breweries. The recycled beer and cider is reportedly selling quite well. If you’re headed through Boise, it’s still available on tap. Pull up a stool and try a pint!More on’s Most ‘Meta’ Bakery Makes Bread from Old BreadThese Eco-Friendly Jackets Are Stuffed With Bison FurThese Vegan Shoes Are Made With Recycled Coffee Groundslast_img read more