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The main purpose of the PU:REST project was to highlight sustainable water management and raise awareness of the global water issues and the value of clean water. In order to challenge producers and consumers preconceived notions about wastewater, and to acknowledge that wastewater can be part of the solution in the future, IVL together with the New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm brewed a beer based on recycled water. The water used for brewing the beer comes from IVL's pilot plant for development of new waste water treatment systems, where the water has passed through a chain of purification stages.
The quality of our natural waters is decreasing due to various pollutants such as bacteria´s, pharmaceutical residues, micro-plastics etc. The population is dramatically increasing and what we have taken for granted is no longer a matter of course. In many parts of the world, clean water is increasingly a shortage, in recent years also in Sweden. Clean water is and will become an ever-increasing shortage.
The water used in the beer comes from IVL's unique pilot and demonstration facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, where the water has passed through a chain of purification stages. After thorough lab testing, the water was delivered to New Carnegie Brewery and the brewing team took over. Four weeks later, PU:REST, Sweden’s first beer brewed on wastewater, saw the light of day.
Introducing the PU:REST project, they wanted to raise the awareness of the importance of clean water and the importance of advanced systems for efficient treatment of waste water. They wanted to show that waste water should be treated to reach the quality equal to drinking water standards. In recent years also Sweden, as many other countries, has been stricken by water stress. In this perspective the production of PU: REST has also been important for pushing the public acceptance towards water produced from treated municipal waste water.