Drinking Water

Sewer Water Beer
4:53 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

Clean Water Services, a water treatment company in Oregon, has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water.
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An Oregon water treatment company wants to turn sewer water into beer. But current state rules wouldn't allow anyone to drink it. 

Clean Water Services runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland metro area. Some of its treated water is used for irrigation.

But spokesman Mark Jockers said the market for recycled wastewater doesn't have to end there.

His company has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water. To show off that system, it wants to give some of its highly purified wastewater to home brewers.

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5:50 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

Lucid Energy installed four electric generators inside a Portland drinking water pipeline.
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A Portland start-up is tapping a new source of renewable power inside the city's water pipes. The new system uses the power of gravity in the city's water pipes.

Lucid Energy has installed four small hydroelectric generators in a pipe that carries drinking water to the city. They will produce enough electricity to power 150 homes.

Company CEO Gregg Semler says this kind of hydropower doesn't disrupt fish or natural stream flows the way dams do. And it supplies a continuous source of renewable energy unlike wind and solar.

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Algae Growing More Toxic
6:39 am
Fri October 25, 2013

OSU Researcher Says Toxic Algae Have A Competitive Edge

Fertilizer pollution and a warming climate are fueling the growth of huge mats of green scum in lakes and reservoirs.
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A scientist at Oregon State University has proposed that freshwater algae blooms around the world may be growing more toxic. His analysis was published today in the journal Science.

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Water Pollution
7:47 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Clackamas Watershed Collects Drinking Water and Pollutants

Clackamas River
Credit Eliza Adam

On a nursery in Boring, researchers are demonstrating a new high-tech pesticide sprayer for a dozen growers. Oregon State University extension entomologist Robin Rosetta explains how this so-called “smart sprayer” uses a computerized sensor to detect the shape of plants and tell the nozzles on the machine where to spray and where not to spray.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:39 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Temporary Rules Protect Drinking Water For People And Cattle In The Klamath Basin

The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved temporary rules that prioritize drinking water for people and cattle in the Klamath Basin.

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