UofL students help turn waste water into beer

UofL students help turn waste water into beer


This is the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer districts Floyd’s Fork water treatment plant. Some of the wastewater coming into this plant is going from this, to this with help from some University of Louisville engineering students. I’m turning Creek water into beer. Spencer Shipman is one of the students who helped MSD design this system. It takes the treated water MSD is sending into Floyd’s Fork then filters and treats it some more. I call it a very robust water Purification system and then we send this recycle drinking water to the Brewers to make the beer with it. They’re calling it next round brewing with four local breweries. Including Holsopple using the super treated water in their own beers about two thousand gallons so far. I can tell you right now that the way that this the filtration system Processed the water the way that we brew the beer the beer is excellent. It’s safe to drink, it tastes great. For MSD the message is that wastewater is a recyclable valuable resource We wanted to change the public stigma about the products of the wastewater treatment plants. For the U of L students who help figure out how to get wastewater clean enough for the beer, it was a great lesson in the real world. And they got to get that hands-on experience, they got to actually build things, test things out see how their processes were performing and that’s a really big step up from just doing a paper type design. They actually got to do a physical design and then to see come to fruition in a system like this where now you’re actually producing product on a fairly large scale. I mean we’re running, you know a couple two, four gallons per minute through this system. That’s a fairly impressive accomplishment.

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