Water Reuse

The same water we drink, flush and wash down the drain today has been around for billions of years. Whether it comes from a river, lake or melting snowpack, our water is part of a closed system—one water. Clean water is one of our most precious resources and Clean Water Services has Oregon's largest water reuse program. Each year we clean 23 billion gallons of water at our treatment facilities that nearly meets drinking water standards. Most of the cleaned water is released into the Tualatin River, while some (nearly 150 million gallons), is reused for irrigation. On occasion, we even produce water clean enough to brew beer with. 

High Purity Water & Pure Water Brew Challenge

Clean Water Services produced a batch of high purity water that far exceeds safe drinking water standards and provided it to local brewers to make beer. 

In 2015, Clean Water Services partnered with Oregon brewers for the second year in a row with the goal of raising awareness and starting conversations about the reusable nature of all water. The Pure Water Brew Challenge advances the understanding of how high purity water can be used for product manufacturing by highlighting one particular product: beer. It is a product that Oregon is known for around the world, and we are engaging industry professionals, public leaders, and people everywhere in this conversation about water reuse.

Want to know more about water reuse?

Visit the WateReuse Association or read more about the issues underlying water recycling and treatment processes in From waste-d-water to pure water by Jenifer Simpson. 

In the summer, 25% of flow in the Tualatin River is cleaned wastewater.

The Tualatin River

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