State Sen. Scott Wiener speaks at a news conference about his legislation to make it easier for breweries and wineries to recycle their water at Tank18 urban winery on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Wiener legislation would help breweries, wineries with water reuse

Breweries and wineries seeking to recycle water onsite will get guidance and support from the state under legislation introduced Monday in San Francisco by state Sen. Scott Wiener.

Breweries and wineries use water not only for brewing and production but also for cleaning their tanks and other supplies and equipment. Senate Bill 166 would direct the state Water Board and Department of Public Health to develop guidelines for the reuse of that water onsite, including treatment requirements and water quality monitoring.

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“California is far behind in water recycling, and we must do more to encourage and help business reuse water onsite whenever possible,” Wiener said in a statement. “Many breweries and wineries want to reuse their water and simply need more guidance and support from the state to do so.”

The legislation is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which already offers incentives to businesses including breweries to recycle water onsite.

State Sen. Scott Wiener speaks at a news conference about his legislation to make it easier for breweries and wineries to recycle their water at Tank18 urban winery on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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