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Ontario Craft Beer Installs Innovative Wastewater Treatment System

Posted on April 6, 2017

Ontario craft brewer, Sawdust City Brewing Company, is partnering with Toronto-based ECONSE Water Purification Systems Inc. to install the first BRÜ CLEAN SYSTEM to treat their brewery wastewater onsite.

Situated in picturesque Gravenhurst, in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario, Sawdust City Brewing Company is an exciting part of the region’s culture and industry as the trend for craft and artisanal food and beverages continues to grow in Ontario.  The partners of Sawdust City Brewing are taking the lead in responsible water management by adopting a revolutionary new, chemical-free, micro-wastewater treatment solution that will help protect the 80 plus Lakes that are located within Gravenhurst.

“It is impossible to live in Muskoka and for water not to be a priority,” said Rob Engman, owner at Sawdust City Brewing.  “Not only do we support environmental responsibility, we feel a wastewater planning is a not an optional consideration.  We feel responsible water management is the most important topic currently being discussed among the Ontario Brewing Community.”

By treating their wastewater onsite, Sawdust City Brewing is helping to reduce the burden on the District of Muskoka’s Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), thereby saving the District money and energy by solving the problem at source, where it costs significantly less to treat compared to treatment at the WWTP.  The District of Muskoka has been supportive in the development of this project and encouraged Sawdust City Brewing to investigate and adopt their own on-site treatment.

“My suggestion to others considering wastewater treatment is to start planning now, consult other breweries on their plans and  consider your brewery’s goals,” said Engman.  “We selected The BRÜ CLEAN SYSTEM because we liked that the system is an onsite solution that will accommodate not only our immediate needs but is equipped to handle the requirements of our long term growth.”

The BRÜ CLEAN SYSTEM was designed by ECONSE, specifically to help craft brewers treat wastewater in an affordable and responsible way. The chemical-free solution helps solve problems facing the craft brewery industry, such as rising fees for water and wastewater, reducing the added cost of chemicals to treat water, improving water consumption and environmental impact.

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