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 more than 24 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 (more than 64million 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. 

Since 2014, Clean Water Services has partnered with Oregon brewers 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.

Pure Water Brew is now hitting the road with a mobile showcase of water purification technology. The Pure Water Wagon is changing how people nationwide think about the water they drink. It demonstrates an innovative solution to preserve clean water, now and in the future.

Want to know more about water reuse?

Visit the WateReuse Association

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

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