CHEERS! PADRE DAM MAKES BEER FROM WASTEWATER, WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR WATER RECYCLING

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East County News Service

April 29, 2017 (Santee) -- Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Helix Water District, City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego were recently honored with being named “Recycled Water Agency of the Year” - medium agency category - from the WateReuse California Section and the WateReuse California Board for their work on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. To celebrate,  they teamed up with Ballast Point Brewing Company to serve up a”Padre Dam Pilsner,”  a  beer made with treated wastewater from the East County Advanced Water Purification Program  at a reception last month at the Westin hotel downtown.

The East County Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility takes recycled water and treats it using four advanced water purification steps. Yes, toilet to tap – or in this case, brewer’s vat.

"Using state-of-the-art technology to purify East County's recycled water, the East County Advanced Water Purification Program will create a new, local, reliable and sustainable drinking water supply." said Allen Carlisle, CEO of the water district. "The end product is water so clean that it is near-distilled in quality."