Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. Beer also requires a lot of water and in fact more than 90 percent drinking water. The Singapore Water Agency has decided to launch a beer called Newbrew, which is primarily made from sewage water.
Beer is made from a liquid that is recycled from wastewater, which was originally pumped and filtered from Singapore’s water supply. Its primary objective is to create awareness about the country’s water problems in recent years. Singapore faces water scarcity challenges and this is one of the creative ways to address them.
NewBrew’s label claims it to be one of the greenest beers in Singapore It lists NEWater as an ingredient. NEWater is a filtered liquid made from sewage water that the country has been using for the last 20 years. The label lists it as its main ingredient.
Although it may seem unhealthy, it is extensively tested and monitored before it is approved by the use of NEWater.
NEWater is mainly used in microchip manufacturing plants – which require ubiquitous and high quality water in city-states – and for cooling systems in buildings.
Recycled wastewater can now meet 40 per cent of Singapore’s water demand – a figure that is expected to rise to 55 per cent by 2060, according to the country’s water agency.
But it also helps increase the supply of drinking water. In the dry season, it is sent to top up various man-made reservoirs and, after subsequent treatment, flows to the human faucet.
The beer can be purchased from country stores and bars.