SF Partners with Anchor Brewing Company to Launch Water Recycling System – NBC Bay Area
San Francisco Mayor London Breed and actor Edward Norton on Friday helped the city’s oldest brewery launch a new water recycling system, capable of saving 20 million gallons of water per year .
The historic Anchor Brewing Company is about to begin using a new water reuse system that will collect and treat ‘process water’ on-site at its brewery, located in the city’s Potrero Hill area.
Once treated, the process water will not go into the beer, but will instead be used for things like rinsing bottles and cleaning equipment.
Since most breweries typically need five to seven gallons of water to produce a single gallon of beer, the innovative system will help Anchor meet its demand while saving the environment.
The San Francisco Utilities Commission has already approved the new system, and the final commissioning processes are underway, SFPUC officials said.
The project was made possible by a $ 1 million grant to Anchor from SFPUC as part of a grant program encouraging retail water users in the city to collect and recycle water for non-potable uses on site.
Founded in San Francisco in 1896, the Anchor Brewing Company is one of the city’s oldest businesses.
During a briefing at the Anchor Brewing Company brewery, Breed said with the state battling persistent drought and wildfires, the need for projects like this is urgent.
“We have to think differently about the way we do things in order to protect the environment but also to conserve and use water in different ways,” she said. “Here a lot of water is used, and in fact the work that is being done here today is absolutely extraordinary.”
The system was created by Cambrian Innovation, which specializes in providing water treatment and reuse solutions.
Norton, an environmental advocate and Cambrian Innovation board member, said he hopes the project will set a precedent for other municipalities and large businesses.
“The state of California doesn’t really have a water supply problem. California has a water management problem,” he said. “We can no longer afford to assume that industrial users can just throw it away after using it. We must demand as a city, as a state, as a country that the world we live in insists that industrial users take responsibility for recycling this water and reusing it. â
He added: “It should be a national standard.”