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WateReuse Members win $250,000 Arizona Water Prize to Create Beer from Effluent

Date: November 04, 2016

A coalition of WateReuse members won the $250,000 New Arizona Water Prize: Water Innovation Challenge on November 3 with a proposal to create an effluent-to-potable reuse technology, statewide mobile public engagement campaign, and local craft beer competition. The Arizona Community Foundation announced the award during a ceremony in Phoenix.

The coalition of winners, called Southwest Water Campus, includes Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, Tucson Water, Marana Water, Carollo Engineers, CH2M, University of Arizona, AquaTecture, Clean Water Services, and TrojanUV. The team also won the $2,500 Audience Choice award.

Thanks to a partnership with the WaterNow Alliance, the winner of the Water Innovation Challenge will benefit from as much as $50,000 in additional technical assistance to accelerate development and implementation of their winning solution.

The winning team will create a mobile potable reuse treatment facility that will travel across the state of Arizona to partner local wastewater facilities with local brewers to produce high quality water and craft beers. The highlight of the project will be the Craft Beer Challenge, which will coincide with the 32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium in Phoenix, September 10-13, 2017.

The New Arizona Prize was conceived by the Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy, as a philanthropic initiative to create the Arizona of tomorrow. Twenty-three teams met the August 12 deadline for submitting projects for consideration by the 18-member team of judges whose scoring identified the top five teams in the Water Innovation Challenge.

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