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Your Favorite Beer Threatened by California’s Drought

Your Favorite Beer Threatened by California’s Drought

When you crack open an ice-cold beer, chances are you’re not thinking about climate change. But Tony Yanow is. Yanow is the co-owner and co-founder of Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles, and like the 400 other craft breweries in California, he’s starting to feel the sting of the drought. Beer is about 10% grains, hops, and assorted flavorings. The other 90% is water. And when you’re brewing beer in California, where river basins are quickly drying up, that’s a serious problem. The drought is three years old at this point, but even though lawns are being left to die and fountains are shutting off, breweries are still producing lagers, IPAs, and stouts. (Beer is, after all, the third-most-consumed beverage in the world, so there’s plenty of demand.) But according to Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewer’s Association, the drought has begun to tangibly affect breweries in major ways: It’s forced some to use lower-quality water in their brews or invest in expensive water-purification technologies, for instance, and it’s caused beer production costs to creep up thanks to the rising cost of water. At Golden Road Brewery, the question of what to do about the water has become a daily debate. The brewery will churn out more than 31,000 barrels of beer this year (one barrel is about 31 gallons). For every gallon of beer, they’ll use about four gallons of water—and that’s a conservative ratios for a craft brewery. If you do the math, that’s roughly 4 million gallons of water each year, and that figure doesn’t account for the amount of beer that’s spilled or the amount of water required...
Zero Waste: A Look at the Future of Reverse Osmosis

Zero Waste: A Look at the Future of Reverse Osmosis

With millions of gallons of water wasted daily by reverse
osmosis systems in the United States alone, it is no surprise that ZeroWaste technology
is coming to the forefront of the point-of-use (POU) industry. Watts Industries
of North Andover, Mass., is offering its ZRO-4 under counter system intended to
target the independent water dealer market. Even the best home reverse osmosis systems use four gallons
of water for every one gallon produced. This typically is obtainable only if an
Aqua-Tech permeate pump is used. Most systems waste as much as 20 gallons just
to produce one gallon of product water. The new technology called “ZeroWaste” eliminates
this problem by returning the concentrate water from the reverse osmosis system
back to the home’s plumbing, resulting in 100 percent efficiency. There are
several versions of zero waste available through various vendors but when
shopping around, keep in mind that many of these systems will not meet plumbing
codes. (The only known code-compliant process is the Watts Industries patented
technology.) The system allows for a “legal” cross connection between
the hot and cold water supplies, subsequently reintroducing the concentrate
into the hot water side. Here is How It Works The typical POU system (Figure 1) is a five-stage unit
utilizing three stages of pretreatment (one sediment and two carbon filtration)
then a TFC membrane and subsequent permeate and concentrate waters being routed
to both the tank and traditional drain connections. The ZeroWaste system (Figure 2) takes the water outlet of
the sediment and carbon filters and routes it through a solenoid valve and pump
before going to the membrane inlet. This provides filtered water to the
solenoid and pump, which will keep foreign material from damaging them. Carbon
block filters are preferred because they...
GE announces technology to generate renewable energy from wastewater

GE announces technology to generate renewable energy from wastewater

GE (NYSE: GE) introduced the latest in membrane-based wastewater treatment technology, combining anaerobic digestion technology with its ZeeWeed 500 membranes, resulting in the anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR). AnMBR offers the ability to generate renewable energy from industrial wastewater, reduce energy consumption and sludge production both economically and reliably. “GE’s most recent development in membranes unites our proven ZeeWeed reinforced hollow fiber membranes with anaerobic digestion technology to construct the new AnMBR. The future of water treatment has a new component and reinforces GE’s commitment to energy neutrality. Our industrial customers are yearning for more energy reduction in wastewater treatment, and GE’s AnMBR will give them a way to generate renewable energy from their wastewater,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, Engineered Systems—Water and Process Technologies for GE Power & Water. The technology is best suited for wastewater with high biochemical oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand concentrations that result in higher expenses. “GE announces technology to generate renewable energy from wastewater “Power Engineering.Com”. 1/10/14 accessed. <http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/09/ge-announces-technology-to-generate-renewable-energy-from-wastewater.html >....
From Sewage, Added Water for Drinking

From Sewage, Added Water for Drinking

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — It used to be so final: flush the toilet, and waste be gone. But on Nov. 30, for millions of people here in Orange County, pulling the lever will be the start of a long, intense process to purify the sewage into drinking water — after a hard scrubbing with filters, screens, chemicals and ultraviolet light and the passage of time underground. On that Friday, the Orange County Water District will turn on what industry experts say is the world’s largest plant devoted to purifying sewer water to increase drinking water supplies. They and others hope it serves as a model for authorities worldwide facing persistent drought, predicted water shortages and projected growth. The process, called by proponents “indirect potable water reuse” and “toilet to tap” by the wary, is getting a close look in several cities. The San Diego City Council approved a pilot plan in October to bolster a drinking water reservoir with recycled sewer water. The mayor vetoed the proposal as costly and unlikely to win public acceptance, but the Council will consider overriding it in early December. Water officials in the San Jose area announced a study of the issue in September, water managers in South Florida approved a plan in November calling for abundant use of recycled wastewater in the coming years in part to help restock drinking water supplies, and planners in Texas are giving it serious consideration. “These types of projects you will see springing up all over the place where there are severe water shortages,” said Michael R. Markus, the general manager of the Orange County district,...
Dow invests in manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC RO

Dow invests in manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC RO

SHANGHAI, China — The Dow Chemical Company announced plans to invest in a world-class manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis (RO) elements in Huzhou, China. The new facility will be online in 2013, according to a press release. “This investment is directly aligned to our growth strategy to maximize value as a leading science company, benefiting our customers in China and the China economy, while contributing to Dow’s global growth,” said Peter Sykes, president of Dow Greater China. “Dow Greater China is built on a solid foundation and we’re very confident about our ability to contribute to the China market and customer growth with a business focus which fits China’s 12th Five-Year plan.” The proposed facility would deliver local supply security of cutting-edge technology for water desalination and waste water reuse for potable, non-potable and industrial water serving China. The facility would also serve as a sourcing point for global demand, boosting supply of Dow’s world-class products worldwide. Additionally, these water technologies will deliver cost-savings through reduced energy usage and excellent operational efficiencies for global customers. The facility joins Dow’s ultrafiltration manufacturing facility in Huzhou and ion exchange resin facility in Qingpu, which supply global, market leading products.   “Dow invests in manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC RO elements in China “Water Tech Online. Com”. 1/10/14 accessed. <http://www.watertechonline.com/articles/165352-dow-invests-in-manufacturing-facility-for-dow-filmtec-ro-elements-in-china>....