#flashback Pure InFATuation Brew Competition

It’s Friday and we’re flashing back to last month’s Pure Infatuation Brew Competition that the KEH Team hosted in collaboration with Orange County Water District (OCWD)/Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) and Casa Agria Specialty Beer!


The idea sparked when some of the KEH Team attended the WateReuse California Annual Conference in San Diego this past March. In addition to informative presentations on progressive recycled water projects, updates to recycled water policy, operations, technology and public perception throughout California, the conference played host to Pure Brew – a competition which challenged members of the Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) to use recycled water from the City of San Diego’s demonstration Pure Water Facility to brew a crowd-favorite beer.


These home brew enthusiasts weren’t alone in using recycled water to make beer either. During the same week, Stone Brewing also used the City of San Diego’s recycled water to make a batch of Full Circle Pale Ale. Padre Dam Municipal Water District and Ballast Point also teamed up to release their Padre Dam Pilsner using water from the District’s Demonstration Facility. The concept of showers to flowers in the water industry has long been a controversial topic, but as water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, more municipalities are actively developing programs that recycle wastewater, typically referred to as advanced purified water or full advanced treated (FAT) water.


In an effort to engage our local community in Orange and Ventura County, KEH teamed up with Orange County Water District and Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) to host our Pure InFATuation Brew Competition last month at Casa Agria Specialty Ales in Oxnard, CA. Private events such as Pure InFATuation are a fun and informal way to showcase the high quality of FAT recycled water and are helping to drive support for the direct potable reuse movement.


On July 31st KEH toured OCWD and OCSD’s Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) in Fountain Valley, CA and secured 120+ gallons of FAT water from the GWRS. The GWRS utilizes a three-step advanced treatment process consisting of microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide and is the world’s largest water purification system for indirect potable reuse. Purified water from the GWRS is used for many different purposes including industrial, irrigation, indirect potable reuse, and for public outreach and education efforts, the water is bottled for sampling. In our case, the water was distributed to ten local brewers with VIBE, a home brewing club in Ventura County, who were asked to make any type of beer of their choosing using the FAT water.


Represented at the event were some of the largest local agencies within Ventura County, who are leaders in the recycled water movement of Southern California. Attendees had the opportunity to share with other agency representatives, their own recycled water plans and learn how others have developed state of the art advanced treatment facilities, such as Water Replenishment District’s Leo Vander Lans Water Treatment Facility and Ventura Water’s Pure Demonstration Facility. Event sponsors and exhibitors included the following agencies:


  • Triple IPA Sponsor – Ventura Water
  • Double IPA Sponsor – Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Triunfo Sanitation District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California
  • IPA Sponsors – Orange County Water District, Orange County Sanitation District, City of Oxnard, Channel Islands Beach Community Services District, Pleasant Valley County Water District and Rutan & Tucker

The event was promoted on KEH’s social media at Facebook.com/kehgroup using #PureInFATuationBrew and #FATBrew leading up to and during the event. We were fortunate to have press from the Ventura County Star attend and cover the event. Read the article here.  Ventura Water was also took part in promoting the event.  Watch the video promotion at Facebook.com/venturawater next week.


At KEH, our motto is Your Project. Your Purpose. Our Passion. This event is our way of acting on Our Passion for this industry. With a focus on providing professional services to public and private sector clients in the field of water, wastewater and environmental engineering, we observed a need to promote the beneficial reuse of our most valuable resource. The future of water sustainability includes potable reuse, and we want to be an active part of the evolution that gets us there.


In Ventura County, the Principals of KEH have been working with local agencies for decades. Most recently, KEH has been working with the most innovative and forward thinking agencies to develop their plans to expand their water supplies through the use of recycled water. We are excited by the networking, educational and perception changing opportunities this annual event will provide the County’s leading water purveyors.