Industry Update: Beer company serves hurricane victims, Europe adopts water recycling program

Anheuser-Busch stopped bottling beer to bottle more than 450,000 cans of emergency drinking water, which it sent to the coasts of Georgia and Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

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Anheuser-Busch bottles water to help victims of Hurricane Matthew

The Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville, Georgia, stopped bottling beer and started bottling water – more than 450,000 cans of emergency drinking water – and sent to the coasts of Georgia and Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Nine trucks full of canned water left the Cartersville plant and headed to Union City in Georgia and Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach in Florida.

Anheuser-Busch often makes donations of specially canned drinking water during times of natural disasters. For example, the company has donated over 1 million cans of emergency drinking earlier in the year in response to the severe flooding in Louisiana.

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Water recycling finds its flow in Europe

A commercial and public-service trade group, Water Reuse Europe (WRE), was launched with the support of the European Union in an effort to boost resources for managing wastewater sustainably across Europe.

The organization expects the reuse of water to grow by 20 percent annually in Europe, and create a collective identity for the water reuse sector in the area and stand out globally. The group will be a one-stop resource on agricultural, commercial, governmental, and industrial tools in reusing water. Members are expected to include commercial companies, public bodies, universities, research divisions, and trade and professional associations.

Waterlogic to acquire Onesource Water

Waterlogic, a vertically integrated global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of drinking water systems, has acquired U.S.-based Onesource Water.

Onesource is a leading operator of point-of-use drinking water systems in the U.S. market, headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. The acquisition adds approximately 48,000 POU water coolers in more than 30 markets across the country to Waterlogic’s existing U.S. operations, resulting in a combined total of over 80080,000 POU coolers in the field.

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