Jay Johnston on Beer Brewing and Wastewater Pretreatment

Jay Johnston on Beer Brewing and Wastewater Pretreatment

Economic development, beer, and wastewater pretreatment—what’s the connection? Beer tourism is on the rise in the Asheville area of North Carolina. Local economic development efforts welcome new brewing operations for the anticipated positive impacts on the community. But with the joy of beer and droves of beer enthusiasts ready and willing to buy it comes potential public utilities challenges. The manufacture of beer can significantly distress the local wastewater treatment plant. Jay Johnston, PE illustrates how the impacts of new brewing operations can catapult wastewater treatment plant effluent levels outside permitted limits, resulting in immediate Notices of Violation (NOVs), and the thrill of economic victory is quickly replaced by the stress of NOVs and the possibility of hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital improvement needs. He will also explain how to avoid the negative consequences of beer brewing by being aware of and prepared for wastewater pretreatment requirements.

Mr. Johnston’s career has focused on project management for utility design and construction phase services. His past experience as a City engineer for a Western North Carolina municipality lends itself well to understanding the inner workings of government infrastructure project management and regulatory requirements.

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